10,000 Degrees invites qualifying seniors graduating from select Bay Area high schools who plan to attend four-year colleges to apply to the Meritus College Fund. Awarded students receive scholarships and one-on-one support as well as career development and paid internship opportunities.


  • Graduating senior from a Bay Area high school, including:
    • San Francisco – SFUSD, Archbishop Riordan, and Immaculate Conception Academy
    • Mid Peninsula – Boys & Girls Club Peninsula
    • San Jose – Andrew Hill and Yerba Buena
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 – 3.7 (unweighted)
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Plan to attend a four-year accredited college

Applicants should also be able to demonstrate a record of personal achievement, including:

  • Academic preparation to succeed in college
  • Ability to address and overcome challenges
  • Quality involvement with others at work or school or in the community
  • Focus in pursuing higher education en route to post-graduate goals

Applications require the following information:

  • Personal Profile and Contact Information
  • Financial Information
  • High School Academic History – Transcript
  • Short Response: “Why Meritus College Fund? Briefly explain how becoming a Meritus College Fund Scholar will further impact your academic, professional and personal development. Also, which component of the Meritus College Fund program excites you most.” (Max. 250 words)
  • Personal Essay: “The lessons we take from obstacles or setbacks we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, what steps did you take to overcome it, and what did you learn from the experience?” (750 words max)

Deadline to apply: January 11, 2019

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