HomeNewsLeadership Charlottesville Establishes “Navigator” Program

What makes scholarships from the Charlottesville Scholarship Program (CSP) different than other scholarships?  Navigators!   Scholarship winners are often the first of 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 Navigator program was developed by a project team in the 2014 Leadership Charlottesville class.  The team, consisting of nine members, worked for five months developing a sustainable way to help the scholars navigate their way through college.  Initially the recruiting process for volunteer navigators was accomplished through relationships and the United Way Volunteer Fair.  Now 23 Navigators are in place and looking forward to working with the CSP scholars.

The project team members were Scott Morgan (Omni Hotel), Desiree Armstrong (World Strides), Joe Sabol (Klöckner-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).

Scott Morgan said, “I could have used a navigator when in college.  This is a way to implement permanent change.”

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