Ruth Slack Roach’s generosity and community spirit are legendary in Woodford County.
The Ruth Slack Roach Leadership-Scholarship Program inspires young women to follow Roach’s example as a tireless community servant and to embrace the standards of excellence and achievement.
Roach’s giving spirit positively influenced the world in many wonderful ways.
Here is a small list of her accomplishments:
She set up food accounts at the Midway Corner Grocery for those who could not afford food. Her children continue this charity today.
She was instrumental in securing the government grant to build the Versailles swimming pool and Community Activity Center.
She logged hundreds of miles driving Midway children to Versailles to swim.
She held public Easter egg hunts for the children of Midway on her front lawn. Her children continue this event.
She secured the government grant that provided Midway with its first Head Start program. When a space could not be found, she offered her own basement as a school. Five days a week for 10 years, she welcomed about 50 children into her home, fed them lunch and offered Parrish Hill Farm as a hands-on classroom.
She was instrumental in helping establish the Winter Care Program that helps the disadvantaged heat their homes.
Every summer she paid for disadvantaged children to attend summer church camps.
She served on the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, and both she and her husband, Dr. Ben Roach, were awarded the Brotherhood Award by the Bluegrass Chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews for their devotion to community service and religious values.
Throughout the academic year, members of the Ruth Slack Roach Leadership Program (RSR) demonstrate dedication to personal and community service as they honor its namesake, Ruth Slack Roach. They serve as role models for other students as they inspire and encourage them to serve and lead. RSR Scholars coordinate several community service projects and delegate responsibilities for orchestration of these events to members of the program. They spend a significant amount of time each year working with their program advisor and ensuring that project goals are met and that each event is successful. Community service projects each academic year include volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House, Shriner’s Hospital, and Special Olympics, and hosting an Easter Egg Hunt. These service projects directly impact children and families in Woodford and Fayette counties.
Funded through donations from family and friends of Ruth Slack Roach, the program’s purpose is to develop women as leaders dedicated to service while providing financial assistance to help further their education. Members of the RSR Leadership Program take away lifetime benefits as a result of their participation as servant leaders.