Berea Alumnus honored with Hall of Fame induction


Jack Roush

Jack Roush ’64

Berea College Alumnus Jack Roush ’64 went from Mr. Fix-It in his college years to an enormously successful career in the drag-racing, road-racing and, eventually, NASCAR fields. Since 1998, Roush’s racing teams have won 325 races in the three NASCAR national touring series, more than any other car owner in history. On Feb. 1, 2019, he will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Roush was born in 1942 in Covington, Kentucky, just one year before his father left for World War II. He and his mother moved to Adams County, Ohio, where he grew up with little money and a dream to be an engineer. His high school superintendent introduced him to Berea College, where he majored in math, worked several campus jobs and met and married classmate Pauline Correll.

Roush credits his time and training at Berea with the success he has experienced in his career. Read the entire Herald-Leader article to learn more about Roush’s story and accomplishments.

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College admits only academically promising students with limited financial resources, primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia, although students come from 40 states and 70 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally-recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly, earning money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.