Torch Scholars Program Nomination Process
A National Initiative to Recruit Promising Potential

To learn more about the Torch Scholars Program, please download the viewbook here or contact Torch Program Director Jana McCarthy.

Torch Scholars Program Criteria: The Torch on-line nomination form will be live until January 15. Before you seek a nominator or nominate a student, please make sure you fit the criteria of the Torch Program. We are looking for students who:

  • Have persevered despite difficult family situations, cultural barriers, financial challenges, or education environments that were unable to prepare them to compete for admission to a highly selective school such as Northeastern.
  • Show leadership through community, school, and service work; Torch nominees are "game-changers" in their communities, working to make a difference.
  • Have not yet demonstrated academic success at the level of their true potential but who would be successful with the additional academic and personal support provided by the Torch Program.
  • Represent a diversity of academic majors, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and geographic areas.
  • Are first-generation college students whose parent(s) have not earned a four-year degree in the United States.
  • Are U.S. citizens and or documented permanent residents from low-income households.

Who can nominate a student for the Torch Scholars Program?

Any Professional (guidance counselors, teachers, mentors, clergy, community workers) may nominate one or more students for the Torch Scholars Program. Students should not nominate themselves or their peers for Torch. If you are a student who is interested in the Torch Scholars Program, we encourage you to invite an education or community outreach professional to nominate you. If you have questions about the Torch Scholars Program Nomination process, contact Jana McCarthy, Torch Scholars Program Director at 617.373.7705 or

Nomination Form
The 2012 Torch on-line nomination deadline and Northeastern application deadline are both January 15. Nomination information will be treated confidentially and used only for purposes of evaluating the applicant's appropriateness for our program. Download the Torch nomination FAQs here for more information.

Nomination Deadlines
January 15: Torch Scholars nomination deadline. 

January 15: Application deadline (all Torch Scholar applicants must complete the Common Application and required NU supplement at All application materials, including your nomination form, will be considered by the Torch Scholars Selection Committee. We will waive the application fee for Torch nominees. To request a fee waiver, when submitting the Common Application and Northeastern Supplement select "Other" as the fee waiver type in the payment section. We will grant the fee waiver after verifying that you have been nominated for the Torch Scholars Program. If you have questions about having your application fee waived, please contact Jana McCarthy, Torch Scholars Program Director at or 617.373.7705.

February 1: Priority deadline for financial aid paperwork. Students should complete the FAFSA ( in order to be considered for the Torch Scholars program as well as other federal and institutional financial assistance.

February: Finalists will be notified and asked to complete Northeastern’s Comprehensive Leadership Assessment prior to their interview day.

March: Torch Scholars Program decisions are announced. Due to the unique nature of this Program, students selected as Torch Finalists will not receive their admissions decisions from Northeastern until after Scholarship recipients are announced.