Meritus College Fund invests in low-income, high-potential, San Francisco public high school students by providing four-year scholarships and individualized support to help them realize their potential through a college degree. Meritus, now in its 16th year, is a San Francisco community-based not-for-profit organization and supports over 200 Scholars who are currently enrolled in college and close to 300 alumni. 87% of Meritus Scholars graduate from college.
Meritus Scholars achieve an admirable record in high school despite the fact that 85% are the first in their family to attend college and many are confronted with complexities posed by recent immigration, non-native English speaking backgrounds, single-parent families, foster care, and exposure to neighborhood violence and drugs. Nevertheless, their drive and determination to pursue a college education remains a goal that lights the way.
Each year, Meritus relies on the support of community volunteers and an extensive donor network of individuals, foundations, and businesses to both fund scholarships and programs and support Scholars. Our active Board of Directors and Advisory Board are both proudly involved and invested in the success of the organization's operations and program efforts.