About Us

We are here to support on your path to success!

The Merit Group has been successful for over 30 years specializing in Medical Pins, Allied Health Pins, Nursing Pins, Service and Recognition Pins and many other Trade and Technical School pins and emblems.

In the 1970’s there was a growing popularity of proprietary schools and for-profit schools along with an expanding number of enrolled students. The Merit Group was called upon to produce new product lines including college rings, medical and graduation pins and other award and incentive items. At the time gold was freed from government mandatory controls, it rose from $35 per ounce to $850 per ounce. In response to the increase, we introduced special alloys for our lapel pins, which made our products more affordable for the schools and the students.

Since our company’s inception, we have supported thousands of organizations, schools and educators with affordable lapel pins. We have continually aspired to improve the Merit Group and its products, which inspired us to work with and develop recognition and motivational lapel pin programs that helps increase student retention. These programs are extremely effective in slowing and even halting student drop-out rates.

Our Mission: to help schools encourage students to stay on course, and keep students enthusiastic and focused in times during which they may otherwise derail from their path of success, or succumb to self-sabotage of their education. We at the Merit Group see this as a win/win situation between the educators and the students, as one cannot exist without the other.

Let us assist you in a program that will promote attendance, decrease drop-out rates, and motivate your students,staff and overall profit. We look forward to working with you.

Merit Group


Some facts about us
Student recognition is key in the overall retention, satisfaction, and success rate for various programs. Lapel pins are highly visible recognition items, that are seen by the student’s peers and colleagues. The impact of motivation to your students is beyond valuable, as students are more likely to enjoy and continue currently enrolled courses, as well as enroll in future classes.

Merit Group offers programs that start the first day the student arrives at school, and continues to build throughout the entire program. This results in a highly-motivated student, with higher achievement, higher attendance, and less drop-outs.

Merit Group is constantly adding new designs to our medical, allied health, and vocational pin lines. We also keep our current inventory in stock for future orders, allowing the confidence that your favorite programs will continue with confidence.

Call and inquire about a how our programs work, and how they can add value to your organization.