Merritt Scholars

Merritt is dedicated to building opportunities for more equitable representation within the affordable housing industry.

EAH Housing Aerial View

As part of Merritt’s Commitment to California Initiative we are expanding the Merritt Scholars program, increasing the number of scholarships fourfold and deepening the support of this program. This program serves as an entry point into the affordable housing industry, allowing students the ability to learn about the many career and development opportunities.

The Merritt Scholars program, started in 2009, was created to attract the next generation of affordable housing finance and development professionals.

This program includes a $10,000 scholarship for undergraduate and graduate students, and a meaningful opportunity to learn more about the affordable housing field via access to a mentor, fully paid attendance at local and statewide industry conferences, and engagement with industry leaders. At the conclusion of the program, Merritt may assist scholars in obtaining a job in the affordable housing field.

Applicants must be recommended by a professor within the Cal Poly or Cal State system, or nominated by an affordable housing professional, including developers, consultants, investors, or other industry experts. 


Questions about Merritt Scholars or the application process?
Email us at