Office of International Affairs

Navigator Scholarship

The responsibilities of the scholarship will include advising and mentoring incoming international students. Navigators assist new students with cultural and social adjustments during orientation. Navigators will also introduce the students to the activities and services available on campus. Each Navigator will help with orientation, round table discussions, and other office programming. Scholarship commitment begins May 2014 and extends until May 2015. Detailed international program information available on the UNA International website.

Award Total

$1000.00 to be paid in two equal disbursements during the fall and spring semester of each academic year.

Minimum GPA

2.75

Credit Units

One academic year of full-time studies to be completed by May 2014

Other Qualifications

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proven track record of on campus involvement/leadership
  • Interest and sensitivity towards cultural and religious diversity as well as multicultural issues
  • Self-motivated with strong time management skills
  • Positive ambassador for UNA and OIA
  • Ability to take ideas from concept to completion

Mandatory dates

Must be able to commit to the following:
  • TRAINING: 1 full day training early May 2014; and 2 full day training sessions mid August before the semester begins
  • BI-MONTHLY MEETINGS: From September - April on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday every month at 3:30 PM
  • 2014 Fall and 2015 Spring ORIENTATIONS

Time Commitment

  • Three training and team building sessions (Mandatory Dates will be posted)
  • 1 hour Bi-Monthly Meetings (Mandatory on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday every month at 3:30 PM )
  • Three orientation sessions (Mandatory Dates TBD)
  • 80 % attendance at the Monthly Office Program, Event and/or Round Table (TBA - for example: participating in the Homecoming Parade, late afternoon 1 hour informational program, or taking a group to a on-campus week night event)

Specific Responsibilities

  • Act as OIA ambassadors and orientation leaders
  • Answer questions about life at UNA, American culture, and getting adjusted to college life
  • Introduce new students to activities and services on campus
  • Facilitate office events and activities

Start your Application

 Prepare the following information to be submitted together to Joy Mallard, Coordinator of International Services, to either the Office of International Affairs Reception desk in Powers Hall or in care of the Office of International Affairs UNA PO Box 5058

  • Navigator Application Form
  • Resume' highlighting UNA activities and community involvement which enhance qualifications
  • 500 word essay detailing your interest and experience with different cultures while describing the qualifications that will allow you to fulfill the requirements of this scholarship  
  • Two letters of recommendation from UNA Faculty, UNA Staff or UNA community member

Finish your online application

Application packets will be due March 21, 2014.

Computer problems and failure on the part of the applicants to meet the deadline will NOT exempt the applicants from this rule.

Schedule and attend personal interview

The OIA will contact successful applicants and schedule one-on-one interviews during April 2014.

Scholarship Awarded

The scholarships recipients will be notified of the award before the end of April 2014. 

Navigator Scholarship Application Deadline

March 21, 2014