The members of the sixth graduating class of the Torch Scholars Program represented “beacons of light” at a celebration in their honor on Thursday in East Village.
“A force for good.”
That’s the phrase featured speaker Dennis Shaughnessy, executive professor of innovation and entrepreneurship at Northeastern, used to describe the nine students in the sixth graduating class of the Torch Scholars Program at a luncheon held in their honor on Thursday.
Students, faculty, and staff, as well as program donors and Torch alumni, sat at tables lit by orange and red tulips on the top floor of East Village to celebrate the academic, research, and global accomplishments of the diverse group of first-generation college students. The program launched 10 years ago.
Terina Keller, of Portland, Oregon, majored in sociology with a concentration in public health. An honors student, she is a member of the Huntington 100, a group of students selected for their impressive achievements and impact both on campus and around the world. Among the countries in which she studied and worked through co-ops and Dialogues are Italy, Costa Rica, and Panama. Her goals are lofty but in line with her accomplishments: She wants to investigate the social determinants of health in low-income populations throughout the U.S and abroad.
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