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Scholar Success: Kelly Lai

Check out this Scholar success and how Meritus has helped Kelly Lai stay on track. It's amazing what our Scholars can achieve when you combine the support that Meritus provides and the hard work our Scholars are willing to put in to better their futures by earning a college degree! Congrats... Read More »

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Meritus Scholar Tina Cun Shows Appreciation for Dedicated Donors

2009 Meritus Scholar Tina Cun shared a warm photo with our online community recently: a photo of herself with her donors, Lois and Bruce Friedman. Tina will graduate from UC Berkeley this spring with a degree in Cosmetic Toxicology. The Friedmans have served as Mentors and Donors since 1997, and... Read More »

Tuai Tunai

A Hopeful Journey

Tuai Tunai Lincoln High School, 2007 Dominican University, 2011 - Nursing My name is Faatuaitua Tunai, and I come from a very religious and cultural family. My father is a truck driver and my mother had been living in Samoa for the past 10 years of my life. Growing up in the low-income housing... Read More »

Jenny Wu

My Path to Graduation

Jenny Wu Lowell High School, 2007 UC Davis, 2011 - Biomedical Engineering As the eldest in a family of first-generation Americans, I took care of not only my sisters but also my parents. English is our second language, and I was the first one to learn it. My parents looked to me for... Read More »

Mei Zhen

Possibilities Made Possible

Mei Zhen Burton High School, 2007 CSU Long Beach, 2011 - Social Work At the age of five, I immigrated to the United States with my parents and older sister. With the many new adjustments in a different country, I had to learn how to be independent including trying to achieve in school where... Read More »

Melissa David

The End and the Beginning

Melissa David School of the Arts, 2008 CSU Fullerton, 2012 - Communications/Advertising I am your average twenty-two year old girl, just graduated from college. However, my journey could be an HBO series. My stepfather was a famous musician and my mother was his manager. They fought all the... Read More »


Meritus Alum Rose Gao Accepts Nursing Position at Agesong

"I do not want my parents' sacrifices to be in vain. I have worked hard, concentrating on my studies... their hard work has paid-off in my education. Even though difficulties might detain me, I maintain my smiling face and walk with my head held high. I must look towards the bright future and stay... Read More »

Barry Au

Big Dreams

Barry Au Wallenberg High School, 2008 CSU Long Beach, 2012 - Physics major: The journey to college was almost unbearable. From the late night struggles to the dreadful, long mornings. We grew up in a poorly lit, mold growing, and cockroach infested studio with six children and two adults.... Read More »

Chen, Lina

Good News

Lina Chen Lincoln High School, 2009 Ventura Community College, 2013 – Nursing student: I was born and raised in a small village in China where my family and ancestors were farmers. My parents only had a middle school education, but my father acknowledged that he had to do something about his... Read More »