Forrest H. Roles Scholarship Fund Established at Concord College

For Immediate Release: 
Aug 07 2001

Forrest H. Roles Scholarship Fund Established at Concord College

Athens, W.Va. - Former Concord College Foundation chairman Forrest Roles recently saw the proof of that old adage, “You reap what you sow.”

When the Charleston attorney spoke last spring at a fundraiser dinner for the Foundation, he urged the College’s supporters to establish scholarship funds at Concord to help deserving students.

“I suggested that creating such a fund is a good way to help other people and give back,” Roles said. “So if someone has helped you out, this would be a good way for you to give back.”

“I believe that Concord does a great job for the cost of attending there and therefore a scholarship to Concord provides more than it would elsewhere,” he added. “It’s a great buy.”

Anna Dailey, Role’s law partner at Heenan, Alfin and Roles in Charleston, and her husband Peter were in attendance at that dinner. Unknown to Roles, the Daileys took his advice: They established their own scholarship fund at Concord College, in honor of Anna Dailey’s mentor.

They named it the Forrest H. Roles Scholarship Fund.

Anna, who completed her undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt and now practices labor and employment law, said that the scholarship fund was her way of giving to others in honor of Forrest Roles.

“This is a man who has been my mentor. I have practiced law with him since 1984,” Dailey, a West Virginia University Law School graduate, said. “He has done so much for me over the years as a mentor. This scholarship fund at Concord has given me a way to thank him that I never would’ve thought of before.”

“It’s an extremely touching thing that she’s done for me,” Roles said.

The Forrest H. Roles Scholarship aims to enhance educational opportunities for future generations of Concord students. To qualify for the scholarship, students must have achieved a minimum of a 3.5 high school GPA; must have an acceptable composite ACT score according to Concord College standards; must demonstrate financial aid as determined by the college’s financial aid office, and must be a graduate of a West Virginia high school.

Roles obtained his law degree at West Virginia University, and he and his wife Emily have two adult children and one grandchild.

Roles’ great-grandfather, R.E.J. Campbell, was a member of Concord College’s first graduating class.

To establish a scholarship fund at Concord, call 1-304-384-5317 or e-mail


Concord College Notes: The Communication Arts Department produces the college’s student newspaper, radio programming and television programming. The department also produces theatrical and musical productions. It is organized similar to today’s modern corporation with the students completing projects under both student and faculty supervision. This gives students real-world experience that focuses on accountability and responsibility.

Jessica Shifflett, an intern in the marketing/public relations department, wrote this press release. Her hometown is Oak Hill, W.Va. She is majoring in Communication Arts with an emphasis in Broadcasting and Journalism. Her anticipated graduation date is August 2001.