Making a Tradition of Paying it Forward

service dayOver 70 Scholars in Torch, BPHS (Boston Public High Schools) and BHA (Boston Housing Authority)Scholarship Programs served Boston neighborhoods as part of Northeastern’s annual Fall Service Day in October 2009. Forty scholars traveled to Dorchester’s Franklin Park Apartments to outreach to residents. Kaysha Bennett, a freshman Torch Scholar originally from Rochester, New York, commented on the service experience as a way to get to know her new city of Boston and give back. “We are able to help people in nearby neighborhoods and to better their community by helping them to change their living conditions. It meant a lot that the housing organization was happy to have us help.” Fall Service Day is just one of the ways scholarship students give back to the community as part of the NU Civic Engagement Program where each scholar earns a minimum of 100 hours of service each year. Through community programs such as LEAD(Linking Education and Diversity) Squashbusters, Sociedad Latina, Hyde Square Task Force, Boys and Girls Club, and Social Change through Peace Games, scholars are making a commitment to making a positive impact in the community—one person at a time.