Torch Scholarship candidates:

SQ-cup-icon Have persevered despite difficult family situations, cultural barriers, financial challenges, or unfavorable educational environments. These challenges have kept them from reaching their full academic potential and 
from applying for admission to a highly selective school such as Northeastern.
SQ-leader-icon Show leadership through community, school, work, or service. Torch nominees are “game changers” in their communities, working to make a difference.
SQ-achieve-icon Have enrolled in college prep classes and would be successful with the additional academic and personal support provided by the Torch Scholars Program, but have not yet demonstrated academic success at the level of their true potential.
SQ-global-icon Represent a diversity of academic majors, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and geographic areas.
SQ-1st-icon Are first-generation college students whose parents/guardians do not have a U.S. undergraduate degree or equivalent.
SQ-home-icon Are U.S. citizens or permanent residents from low-income households (and are likely to be Pell Grant eligible).

GPA Requirements

Torch does not require a specific GPA. While prospective Torch Scholars might not have a grade record that indicates their full academic potential, they have been preparing for college by taking a challenging academic course load. We know they’re ready for a college education. We look at applicants holistically, going beyond the numbers to determine their talent and potential for college success at Northeastern.