Navigator Scholarships

"Striving to passionately engage, unite and connect our international students"

The responsibilities of the scholarship include mentoring and befriending incoming international students. Navigators assist new international students with accessing services available on campus and introduce cultural and social adjustments during orientation and throughout the school year. Each Navigator will help with orientation, conversation partners, and other OIA programming.

COMPENSATION for Navigators:

  • $1,000 scholarship ($500 per semester)


  • Act as OIA ambassadors and orientation leaders
  • Be a Lion Pride Mentor (details will be given at orientation)
  • Answer questions about life at UNA, American culture, and getting adjusted to college life
  • Introduce new international students to activities and services on campus
  • Facilitate at OIA events and activities
  • Be a connector of International students to campus activities, encouraging participation and relationship building


  1. MANDATORY TRAINING: 2-day training sessions: May 9-10, 2019 and August 12-14, 2019
  2. ORIENTATIONS: You must be available to participate in the following OIA Orientations (subject to change):
  3. Fall New Student Orientation        August 12-20, 2019
  4. Mid-Fall New Student Orientation  October 14-16, 2019
  5. Spring New Student Orientation    January 3-8, 2020
  6. Mid-Spring New Student Orientation February 28-March 4, 2020
  7. MANDATORY ONCE-A-MONTH MEETINGS: Last Wednesday of the Month @ 3:30 PM
  8. OIA EVENTS: Navigators must be present at ALL pre-determined OIA events, unless there is an emergency or your absence has been discussed with the Navigator team leader and/or Students Success Coordinator.
  • OIA events may include, but are not limited to the following: Global Lions RSO events, International Teas, Homecoming Parade, Dances, Passport to the World, social events, on-campus weeknight events, international academy events, etc.



  • GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Proven track record of on-campus involvement/leadership
  • Interest and sensitivity towards cultural and religious diversity as well as multicultural issues
  • Ability to take ideas from concept to completion
  • Self-motivated with strong time-management skills
  • Positive ambassador for UNA and OIA
  • Positive attitude and high level of enthusiasm about working with international students


Application packets will be due by 4:30 pm Friday, March 8, 2019. Computer problems and failure on the part of the applicants to meet the deadline will NOT exempt the applicants from this rule. Application submissions are to be made online via Google Forms.

In addition to completing this application, each applicant must:

1) Submit a resume which highlights leadership experience and community involvement.

2) Submit a recent photograph of applicant or have a photo taken at OIA when turning in supplemental materials.

3) Turn in Two letters of recommendation from UNA faculty, UNA staff, employer or community member

These can be sent to Cala Flippo:         

UNA Box 5058         

Florence, AL 35632

4) Participate in a private interview on either March 13 or 14, 2019 at Powers Hall.  A sign-up sheet for interview times is located in the Office of International Affairs front desk at Powers Hall.

Optional Interest Meeting:  Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 3:30-4:00 p.m. APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Friday, March 8, 2019--All supplemental materials (resume and photo) should be turned in at Powers Hall front desk.


Click here to access the 2019-2020 Navigator application.