Greetings and Happy Holidays!


Thanks to the continued support of the Torch Program by wonderful donors, our Torch Scholars continue to realize their full potential. The students highlighted below have been able to have some truly transformative experiences over the past year. Have a wonderful holiday season, and a peaceful new year!


Roberto Delvalle, CAMD ’13, Torch 3


Roberto shared that he is currently working in the beautiful city of Seattle for Nordstrom. His career path started in the TJX Merchandise Development Program, where he moved up to become an Associate Merchandise Planner. After participating in a Buyer Immersion program and working with buyers for two weeks, he decided not to move forward and become a buyer. Realizing this, he enrolled in a software skills bootcamp which led to his first software engineering role at Staples. After a year at Staples, he moved to Seattle, joined Nordstrom as a software engineer and was promoted to Software Engineer 2. Roberto believes that it’s never too late to jump into something new, and is currently enjoying his new career path and role for Nordstrom. In other news, Roberto will be getting married in 2019!


Tyreke Gaston, first-year, Torch 13


Tyreke came to Northeastern from Baltimore with an intended major in psychology. Tyreke spends a lot of time in the Opportunity Scholars office, which we love! When he’s not asking us why we picked him for the Torch Scholarship (answer: his incredible potential!), or sharing his Baltimore accent, he is hard at work studying for classes and making everyone feel welcome in our space. His joy in being at Northeastern is contagious! I don’t think a week has gone by this semester when his nose isn’t in a book, or he’s not talking to himself as a way to memorize and prepare for an upcoming exam. We’re happy to announce that his hard work has paid off by making the Dean’s List his first semester. In addition to his studies, he’s been involved in the Black Student Association, the Minority Health Association, and the Fellowship and Manhood organization. Next semester, he hopes to be on the Student Conduct Board.


Jessica Torres, second year, Torch 12


Jessica is from California and is majoring in Behavioral Neuroscience. Her summer was a busy one, as she spent six weeks on a Dialogue of Civilizations trip to Ghana learning about their education system. She came back energized, inspired, and in love with the children she met on her trip. (She hopes to return to Ghana as a teaching assistant for this summer’s Dialogue.) After a short week off after Ghana, she jumped into our Summer Immersion program, serving as a student assistant. Her hard work, consistent cheerfulness and encouragement of our incoming cohort of scholars provided great positive energy. Having claimed the coveted corner study space in the office, Jess spends a lot of time studying, and putting all sorts of chemical and biological equations on the board as she works toward her goal of going to medical school. A dancer since elementary school, she dances with the campus group No Limits Dance Crew, an activity she fully enjoys.