What makes scholarships from the Charlottesville Scholarship Program different from other scholarships?  Navigators!  Scholarship winners are often the first in their family to attend college and their families aren’t always able to provide help in understanding college expectations and ways to deal with the college experience.  Navigators develop an effective working relationship with the scholar in order to ensure that our scholars are successful in their chosen course of study.  The goal of the Navigator Program is to ensure that 100% of our scholars successfully complete their college curriculum and graduate.

The Navigator program was developed by a project team in the 2014 Leadership Charlottesville class.  The team, consisting of nine members (Scott Morgan–Omni Hotel, Desiree Armstrong–World Strides, Joe Sabol–Klockner-Pentaplast, Leslie Thacker–Charlottesville City Schools, Beth Costa–Monticello High School, David Uhland–State Farm Insurance, Sarad Davenport–City of Promise, DD Watson–funeral home owner, and Yonna Smith–Roy Wheeler realtor) worked for five months developing a sustainable way to help the scholars navigate their way through college.  Today, 21 Navigators are in place working with CSP scholars.

Navigators commit to helping scholars navigate the new experiences and challenges that college brings.  As Navigator program volunteer Scott Morgan said, “I could have used a Navigator when in college.  This is a way to implement permanent change.”

Navigator tasks can include maintaining a dialogue with your scholar; inquiring about progress in school, classes, family, work, college life, or anything that could potentially hinder student success; providing advice and encouragement about time management and long-term goals; assisting with the scholarship reapplication process; and assisting with summer employment opportunities or internships as available.

We ask for at least a one-year commitment and provide training along the way for all our volunteers. To the best of our ability, Navigators and scholars are matched according to one or more of the following:  gender, similar interests, career goals, college attended.

Read more about the Benefits and Responsibilities of Becoming a Navigator, or download a CSP Navigator Application. Email us at scholars@cvillescholarship.com to find out more information.