Louisa Peak Scholarship


Louisa Peak devoted her life to children and volunteering. Louisa was a long time teacher in the Cedar Rapids Community School District. She spent most of her career teaching and nurturing junior high (or middle school) students. 

While she was a teacher, Louisa also became an active volunteer in school activities, the community and at St. Luke's Hospital. When she retired, Louisa volunteered at St. Luke's Hospital 40 hours a week as well as volunteering at her church, with older adult groups and politics.

Louisa Peak was St. Luke's first 10,000 hour volunteer in 1978. 

When Louisa Peak passed away in 1981, her family created a scholarship in her honor. The Louisa E. Peak Scholarship was created to pay tribute to her two life interests:

  • Children
  • Volunteering

Annually, since 1981, St. Luke's Foundation and St. Luke's Volunteer Service Department have been awarding this scholarship to deserving student volunteers.

To be eligible

  • The applicant must be an active student volunteer in good standings at St. Luke's Hospital.
  • The applicant must be a graduating high school senior in good academic standing.
  • The applicant must plan to enter a humanistic occupation such as teaching, healthcare or social work.
  • The applicant must complete the application form and write a 250-word essay entitled "Benefits Gained from My Experience as a Volunteer at St. Luke's Hospital."

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Tonya Arnold at 319/369-7572 or Tonya.Arnold@unitypoint.org.