Torch Scholar reflects on meeting with President Obama
In spring 2016 Malachi Hernandez received a life-changing phone call from Northeastern, informing him that he had been accepted into the university’s Torch Scholars program for first-generation college students with untapped potential.
“I cried out of joy and excitement,” recalls Hernandez, now a first-year political science major. “My mom was so excited that she dropped a gallon of milk on the stairs.”
Hernandez never dreamed that he would one day be studying at Northeastern, not even when he was passing through campus on his way to the William Blackstone Elementary School in Boston’s South End.