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5 Things You Should Know About Northeastern University’s Torch Scholarship Program

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 Continuing Northeastern University’s century-old commitment to educational opportunity, the Torch Scholars Program is a bold and innovative initiative that provides students with the opportunity to explore their passions and expand their global horizons.  Check out the basics on the Torch Scholars Program below and then check out the official brochure for more information.

Here are 5 Things You Should Know about the Torch Scholars Program:

1.Who are the Torch Scholars?

The Torch Scholars are all first-generation students from low-income backgrounds who have persevered through adversity. They take college prep courses in high school, challenging themselves with academically rigorous courses. They are also involved in their school and community life through service and leadership.

2. What makes them unique?

What makes the Torch Scholars unique is that their high school grades and test scores do not accurately show their potential for college success. The adversity they’ve faced in high school has had an impact on their grades. Northeastern University looks for that potential, with the selection process looking beyond the numbers to find those students who, with the support services provided by Torch, can excel at Northeastern.

3. What does a Torch Scholar get?

In addition to support, Torch Scholars receive eight semesters of full scholarship aid, covering tuition, room and board, books and fees. In addition, there is a six-week Summer Immersion program prior to fall of freshman year, to prepare students for college level math and writing, navigating the large, urban campus that is Northeastern, and learning about Boston. Since the majority of students come from states outside New England, students are encouraged to learn about their new home city.

4. How does one become a Torch Scholar?

Students need to be nominated by any adult (who is not related to the student) who can speak to the challenges and strengths of the student. It can be a teacher or counselor, a club adviser, a pastor, neighbor, or community organization leader. The nomination form can be found online.

5. Where can I learn more?

The Torch website has bios of current scholars to give you an idea of who Northeastern University is looking for and the background of their students. They would also be happy to send a brochure that has stories of students and alumni, as well as information on the Torch Program and nominations. Just send an email to with your name and address!


Timelines and Deadlines:

Deadline: January 1, 2019

For: 1) Nominations for Torch Scholars and 2) Applications to Northeastern University

Date: February 2019

For: 50 Torch Scholar finalists are invited to campus to interview

Date: April 2019

For: Torch Scholars are announced

Northeastern University is an institution of innovation in the heart of beautiful and historic Boston. Founded in 1898 and born from evening classes for working adults at the Boston YMCA, Northeastern prides itself on helping students take what they learn in the classroom and applying it to jobs through co-op programs, travel and study abroad, and research opportunities.

Check out the College Greenlight Northeastern profile page. And don’t hesitate to reach out directly at with questions.

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