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Meritus believes that higher education is a critical step in addressing income disparity for motivated and talented youth. Socio-economic circumstance should not limit them from fully engaging in this transformative opportunity. To this end, Meritus empowers low-income Bay Area youth who possess grit and ambition to succeed in college and prepare for opportunities post-graduation by providing scholarships, individualized coaching and career mentoring and development.
Meritus’ success lies in its ability to tap into the community, leverage resources, and facilitate direct stewardship of its Scholars. Our grassroots, hands-on approach is a cornerstone for success.88% of Meritus Scholars graduate from four-year colleges, compared with 23% of low-income students nationally.Their accomplishments strengthen the fabric of the community.Over 600 local youth have received more than $8 million in scholarship assistance. 85% are the first in their families to attend college. 83% of Scholars attend colleges in California. More than 200 Scholars participate in the Meritus program annually. 1,000 volunteer hours annually contribute to our students’ success.
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