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A Torch Scholar’s Story- Katty Mojiva-Martinez

Photo of Katty Mojica-Martinez on a hike

Katty Mojica-Martinez (2013) was born in Boston but was raised in the Dominican Republic. She returned to the Boston area to attend Dorchester High School to pursue her education.

She always dreamed she would go to college. Northeastern University was always the school Katty noticed everyday on her commute to school. Seeing all the events and happy faces on campus built a desire to attend Northeastern, a university that was so close to home for her. Coming from a low-income family, being homeless and working three jobs to maintain herself, she thought it would never be possible. Yet thanks to the Torch Scholarship Program, Katty was able to attend Northeastern University without the worry of financial circumstances.

As a full time student, she was able to progress in her own career path as a Human Services Major with a Business Minor and she hopes to succeed and make the world a better place one person at a time. She always had a desire to work in the corporate world, more so for the security and economic stability, until she was enrolled in the Human Services Professions course when she realized where her passion and future career was. Helping others kept Katty motivated and determined to finish her chosen educational path.

While here at Northeastern, Katty completed about 600 hours of community service work with various organizations such as Hyde Square Task Force, Boston Rescue Mission, Teen Empowerment, United South End Settlements, Sociedad Latina and much more. Katty also completed an international co-op with N.U.inProgram in Greece, a study abroad program through NEU that takes incoming freshmen abroad during their first semester of school. Katty was able to lead them in this experience, facilitate and organize their community service experience with organizations in Greece, and teach a globalization course on poverty, cultural awareness and global issues.

Learn more about the impact of the Torch Program here.

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