New Opportunity School for Women

This exciting program is built for women in Appalachia who dream of having a job and desire to become a functioning member of society. However, they do not always know how to reach this goal. The New Opportunity School for Women (NOSW) at Bluefield College teaches them how to do just that in three weeks each summer. Program participants take part in a living and learning experience on campus. Participants are given broad-based courses to assist them with career, educational, personal, and cultural development to empower them to shape their future.

Become a supporter today and make it possible for women to enjoy the benefits of NOSW. During the online giving process, be sure to select the "New Opportunity School for Women" donor category.

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Parade of Tables

Our annual fundraiser, brings together an array of beautiful tablescapes and wonderful people from the local area to support this exceptional program. The 2020 Parade of Tables will be held April 25. Please contact Director Mily Lusk for more information on participating in the event.

Program Details

The 2020 Session of the New Opportunity School for Women at Bluefield College will be May 31-June 20, 2020. Applications should be received by May 15, 2020. 

Apply to the Program

First, complete the application below. Applications will be reviewed and finalists will be contacted by the director. Those chosen to participate in the summer session will be notified of their final acceptance. 

To request an application be sent to you, please email . Completed forms may also be mailed to:

New Opportunity School for Women
Bluefield College
3000 College Avenue
Bluefield, VA 24605

Download the Form

New Opportunity School for Women Application
General Information

Please read and follow the directions carefully. If a question does not apply to you, write in the blank “not applicable” or “N/A”.



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Driver's License*

Health Insurance*

Medical Card*

Information requested is voluntary. It will not be used in making an admissions decision, but is collected for Institutional research and reporting purposes.

Educational Experience

Please list and give the dates of any high schools, colleges, business, or vocational schools that you have attended and degrees or certificates awarded to you, including a GED.

Job Experience

List any jobs that you have held since high school and the approximate date you held the job. Briefly describe your duties in each position. Please start with your most recent work experience.

Are you currently employed?*

Have you previously had career courses or career counseling?*

Have you applied to a college or vocational school within the last year? *

Have you been accepted?


Because the New Opportunity School for Women seeks to serve those of limited financial resources, income will be a strong consideration in choosing participants for the program. (Be prepared to submit recent tax forms if requested.)

For example: your work, your husband’s work, alimony, welfare benefits, etc.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor by any court, including local, state, federal, or military?*

If selected, I agree to attend the entire three-week program of the New Opportunity School for Women and participate fully in all scheduled activities.*

Please understand that the three-week residential program generally requires physical activities including but not limited to walking (i.e., class, riding in a vehicle, etc.). Please know that the New Opportunity School for Women takes very seriously its role to host a number of participants in each session, and will require each participant to conduct herself in a safe and productive manner.

Letters of Reccomendation

Attach to this application two letters of recommendation from people who know you well (i.e., ministers, teachers, employers, social workers, volunteer coordinators, or relatives). Please ask that they describe their relationship to you, how long they have known you, and why they feel you would be a good candidate for this program. They should also include their contact information and phone number on their letter.


Please write one or more pages about why you want to attend the New Opportunity School for Women and how you think it will help you. Feel free to discuss any unique circumstances that you think merit consideration. Without this personal statement and two letters of recommendation, your application will not be considered.