San Francisco, CA – June 23, 2016 – The 20th Annual Meritus Scholarship Awards Presentation was held at the KQED offices on Wednesday, June 1. Zephyr Real Estate, a long-time supporter, donor and sponsor of the College Fund, presented a four-year scholarship to Eliza Xie. The scholarship is valued at $16,000, and 100 percent goes directly to the recipient.

Xie attended Galileo High School in San Francisco, and will attend Mills College in Oakland this fall. In her application for the scholarship, Xie wrote: “I am on a search for meaning and my life is my journey for knowledge.”

Meritus College Fund, founded in 1996, invests in socio-economically disadvantaged, yet highly motivated, high school students by providing scholarships and support in achieving their potential through higher education. Meritus believes that higher education is a critical step in addressing income disparity for motivated and talented youth. To date, Meritus has awarded in excess of $9.4 million, and sent 750 students on to higher education. More than 80% of the scholarship recipients are the first in their family to go to college, and Meritus students have a 90 percent graduation rate.

The fund is supported through donations from 800 groups and individuals who all endorse the philosophy of creating educational opportunities for those who might otherwise be left behind. To learn more about how you can participate or apply, visit the website at www.meritus.org.

“Today, we celebrate another group of scholars making their way through life,” commented Randall Kostick, President of Zephyr. “Congratulations to this year’s scholarship recipients on their commitment to stretch beyond our perceived limitations.”

Zephyr managers and agents contribute to the fund each year to take part in this worthwhile endeavor. Every dollar donated to Meritus is completely committed to providing these scholarships.

About Zephyr Real Estate

Founded in 1978, Zephyr Real Estate is San Francisco’s largest independent real estate firm with nearly $2.3 billion in gross sales and a current roster of more than 300 full-time agents. Zephyr’s highly-visited website has earned two web design awards, including the prestigious Interactive Media Award. Zephyr Real Estate is a member of the international relocation network, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World; the luxury real estate network, Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate; global luxury affiliate, Mayfair International; and local luxury marketing association, the Luxury Marketing Council of San Francisco. Zephyr has six offices in San Francisco, a brand new office in Greenbrae, and two brokerage affiliates in Sonoma County, all strategically positioned to serve a large customer base throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, visit www.ZephyrRE.com.

Pictured (left to right): Randall Kostick, Bill Drypolcher, Elder Mejia, Dave Cunningham, Damon Knox