Torch has the power to change lives ­

Torch Scholars have the power to change the world.

Continuing Northeastern’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. The program’s nomination and holistic review process identifies bright students from across the country
 who have already succeeded against the odds, but who have not yet reached their full academic potential.

Torch is dedicated to supporting these talented, first-generation college students through an extensive full-scholarship program that includes:

  • a comprehensive summer immersion program,
  • intensive academic planning and assessments,
  • in-depth peer and professional mentoring,
  • and a wide array of social events that foster group identity and camaraderie.

The program is simply unparalleled in its support for first-generation students from diverse backgrounds. Much more than a scholarship, Torch is a comprehensive model for access, retention, and achievement.

Torch Scholars have a drive to succeed—for their families and for themselves—and exhibit a universal commitment to giving back, completing 100 hours of service each academic year. Our scholars possess the ability and the will to succeed—Torch transforms them into leaders by empowering them to put those qualities into action.