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.  You’ll find all 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 through service and leadership.


  1. What makes them unique?

Torch Scholars are unique in that their high school grades and test scores do not accurately show their potential for college success because they have been faced with adversity during their high school career. Through our selection process, we look beyond the numbers to find those students who will excel at Northeastern and take advantage of the network of resources and support available for them. We value leadership and service to school, community and family, intellectual curiosity, and a willingness to ask questions and seek help from others.


  1. 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, we encourage students to learn about their new home city.


  1. How does one become a Torch Scholar?

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


  1. 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 the Torch Scholars. They would also be happy to answer any questions you have about Northeastern and the Torch Scholars Program. Just send an email to with your questions!


Timelines and Deadlines:


Deadline: January 1, 2020

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

Date: February 28, 2020

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

Date: April 2019

For: Torch Scholars are announced


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