Jane Stephenson received the first annual Champions of Appalachia award from the Christian Appalachia Project on October 22, 2015. Previously, Jane was honored on November 6, 2012, by Girl Scouts of America as one of the Girl Scouts' living honorees--100 Women of Distinction in Kentucky.
New Opportunity School for Women, Inc.," Oprah's Angel Network post, March 15, 2003
"Leveraging Hope: The New Opportunity School for Women," by Fred D. Baldwin, Appalachia Magazine, Appalachian Regional Commission, September 2005
"Changing Women's Lives: Oprah's Angel Network Helps the New Opportunity School for Women," February 10, 2011. Watch the video below.
New Opportunity School for Women Berea
Bluefield College Gives Hope to Needy Women—"BLUEFIELD COLLEGE STRIVES TO HELP STUDENTS IDENTIFY AND UNDERSTAND THEIR LIFE’S CALLING. IT’S PART OF THE BC MISSION. BUT THAT PURPOSE DOES NOT ALWAYS ADHERE TO CONVENTIONAL METHODS OR APPLY ONLY TO TRADITIONAL COLLEGE STUDENTS," Chris Shoemaker (September 4, 2015)
Appalachian Women Find Hope at Bluefield College—"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 OFTEN FEEL A SENSE OF HOPELESSNESS ABOUT THE FUTURE," Chris Shoemaker
(August 15, 2014)
Opportunities for Appalachian Women--"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," Chris Shoemaker (May 8, 2014)
New Opportunities for Appalachian Women-- "NINE BLUEFIELD COLLEGE STUDENTS PARTICIPATED IN A GRADUATION CEREMONY ON CAMPUS, SATURDAY, JUNE 1, BUT THE STUDENTS WERE NOT TYPICAL BC STUDENTS, AND THE CEREMONY NOT YOUR TYPICAL POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE," Chris Shoemaker (June 4, 2013)
New Opportunity School for Women
New Opportunity School for Women
"$75,000 in Grants Awarded to Serve Women in East Tennessee," PRWeb press release, April 12, 2013
"The New Opportunity School for Women (NOSW) at Maryville College has received a grant from the Presbyterian Women in the Presbyterian Church (USA). The $33,470 Thank Offering Grant will provide additional funding for this year’s program...," Presbyterian Women of East Tennessee Presbytery
"School at Maryville College Offers Women from Appalachia a Brand-New Beginning," Roan County News (Feb. 23, 2015)
"New Opportunity School Graduates Six Women. . .," News Sentinel Staff, Knoxville News Sentinel (July 28, 2015)
"New Skills, New Life, New Hope: New Opportunity School for Women Graduates Six," Linda Branden Albert, The Daily Times (Blount County, TN, Aug. 9, 2015)
"New Opportunity School for Women at Maryville College Graduates Inaugural Class," Maryville College News Item (Aug. 6, 2014)
Previous Honors and News Items
"Everyday Heroes: ‘How can you change a life in three weeks?’ Just ask Jane Stephenson," Steve Flairty, KyForward (Aug. 27 2013)
Jane Stephenson on AARP's Create the Good Website (Oct. 23, 2012)
NOSW founder Jane Stephenson describes the New Opportunity School for Women in "Volunteer Stories" on the AARP Create the Good website.
"Women Helping Others Foundation Awards $40,000 to New Opportunity School for Women," W.H.O. Foundation press release (September 12, 2012)
"Create the Good Congratulates Win & Do Good Contest Winner," AARP website (Nov. 28, 2011)
AARP's Create the Good website post congratulates Jane Stephenson on winning the "Win and Do Good" volunteer contest. Jane's essay won $15,000 for the New Opportunity School for Women.
"Go Jane! Appalachian School Founder a National Winner," AARP KY website (Dec. 8, 2011)
AARP Kentucky congratulates Jane Stephenson on winning AARP's Create the Good "Win and Do Good" volunteer contest.
"A School for Appalachian Women Jump-Starts Lives in Limbo", J.D. Heyman, People (August 18, 2003)
"Women's School in Appalachia Lights a Beacon of Hope," Rudy Abramson, Los Angeles Times (April 14, 1994)
"From Homemaker to Wage Earner in Appalachia," Peter T. Kilborn, New York Times (July 7, 1991)