Supporting Our Community
Meritus partners with organizations to inspire and support students so that access to higher education becomes a reality. Our goal is to build a pipeline to and through college so that first-generation youth have the support they need to be successful.
San Francisco Unified School District
Thanks to the partnership of counselors and principals in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), students at district high schools receive information and encouragement to apply to the Meritus program. Meritus also conducts extensive outreach each fall by making presentations to students at their schools. The Meritus Board of Directors is proud to have the Superintendent of the SFUSD as a member of the Meritus Advisory Council.
Local employers have joined with Meritus to provide workplace skills development and onsite learning opportunities to Meritus Scholars so that they are able to weave academic objectives into post-graduation possibilities. Some partners include:
- Area businesses linked through the Young Presidents Organization
- Kaiser Permanente
Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco
Meritus and the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco launched the “San Francisco Youth Partnership Awards” in 2012. These jointly funded scholarship awards are designed to deepen our mutual work in opening doors to opportunity for the youth in our community. Our partnership exemplifies the impact that concerted, ongoing support – on an individual basis – has on student success.
Bay Area College Success Network
Meritus is a founding member of the Bay Area College Success Network (CSN), a collaboration of Bay Area organizations providing financial and programmatic support to low-income, college-bound youth. Meritus partners other community based organizations whose students continue the journey through college with us. Additionally, these collaborations inform best practices and innovative approaches to more effectively serve students and families.
Minds Matter of San Francisco
Meritus partnered with Minds Matter of San Francisco in 2014. Students from the Minds Matter program will be welcomed in to Meritus’ new class of Scholars and will receive jointly funded four year scholarships to help them attend a college or university of their choice. The goal of the partnership is to elevate both organizations’ efforts in helping low-income San Francisco youth achieve college success.
National College Access Network (NCAN)
Meritus College Fund is a member of the National College Access Network (NCAN). Incorporated in 1995, the mission of the National College Access Network is to build, strengthen and empower communities committed to college access and success so that all students especially those under-represented in postsecondary education can achieve their educational dreams.