Bluefield College NOSW

Women from Appalachia who haven’t had access to higher education or whose circumstances have left them in poverty, shame, or some other financial or personal predicament now have hope for a new beginning.

Thanks to the creation of the New Opportunity School for Women at Bluefield College, these women have the opportunity to confront their circumstances, overcome their conditions, and pave the way for a better life.

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

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Upcoming Residential Program

The next three-week residential program for the New Opportunity School at Bluefield College will run from June 2-22, 2019. Applications must be received no later than May 15, 2019. 

The Application Process

Applications will be reviewed and finalists will be interviewed either in person or by telephone. Applicants will be expected to express what they hope to accomplish in their personal life through the experience of the New Opportunity School for Women. Those chosen to participate in the residential program will then be notified. 

To attend the New Opportunity School for Women at Bluefield College, complete and submit the online application below. To request an application be sent to you, please e-mail . Completed forms may be mailed to:

Director of the 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.