Propelling scholars to the highest levels of achievement
Impact at a Glance
MERIT’s program of professional experience, academic support, and long-term mentorship has helped scholars achieve dramatic academic growth and prepared them for success at the next level. Through strong programming and collaborative support of dedicated partners, MERIT has developed a record of promising results.
College Acceptance Rate
What We Do
Hours of Saturday Programming
Weeks of Internships each Summer
Hours of Hands-On Lab Research
Hours of SAT Prep
Years of Longitudinal Support
Dramatic SAT Growth
Scholars’ SAT score growth demonstrates the transformational impact that MERIT has had on scholars. When the Class of 2019 took their diagnostic SAT assessment as 11th graders, their average score was 908 points out of 1600, significantly below the “college-ready” benchmark according to the College Board. Through their hard work and the support of MERIT’s intensive SAT preparation, scholars increased their scores by an average of 248 points this year. As a whole, they averaged a score of 1156 out of 1600 on the SAT, which is above the “college-ready” benchmark for 12th graders. This impressive growth has made the MERIT Scholars competitive applicants to college and provides them confidence in standardized tests for the future.
The Value of Professional Internships
strongly agreed they were "more inspired to work as a health professional"
strongly agreed they "improved their professional skills"
felt they have a role model in a science career
Growing Our Impact
Over the past eight years, MERIT has grown from a small volunteer group to a successful, innovative nonprofit organization. As MERIT grows, we are casting a wider net to impact more young people and build a coalition of supporters and advocates working to increase diversity in health care and improve the health of underserved communities.