Veteran, app developer, steward of the environment
Veteran students like Vincent Peak, '17, enrich Whitworth's community through their unique perspective and experience.
Peak served an eight-year enlistment with the U.S. Marine Corps, working in surveillance and target acquisition. He also spent a lot of time training junior marines in fortifying mind, body and heart while being deployed and traveling the world.
"I did a great deal of observation, and what I took away from that experience is that nothing is more valuable than your spirit, your friendships or your family," Peak says. "I gained a deeper respect and appreciation for the values and ideation of my country and my community while gaining knowledge and experience about the cultural differences and similarities across the world."
Peak was born and raised in the Spokane Valley.
"While growing up in Spokane, I always admired the campus and education of Whitworth, and have worked hard to meet my goals to achieve an education here," Peak says.
Upon returning to Spokane from prior service, Peak earned his associate's degree in criminal justice and worked as a counselor for at-risk youth in the community. He then attended Spokane Community College to begin working toward a degree in biology.
"Once I earned my initial associate's degree and began to pursue a career in biological conservation, I started a new endeavor to complete my biology transfer degree at Whitworth," Peak says. "The core values of Whitworth align with my own. It is within these values that I base my household, lifestyle and education as they provide the foundation for success in living a fulfilling life, being a role model for youth, and for taking care of our environment."
In addition to his studies, Peak has developed an app called Share.Farm, the world's first online farmers market, which generates a platform for local vendors to sell their goods and create an ease of access into a diverse and pivotal marketplace.
"I am compelled to be a steward of the environment and to preserve our precious resources for our future generations," Peak says. "Mitigation of ecological malpractice is a foundational cornerstone of my conviction and calling in this world. My intention of gaining this biology degree is to use Share.Farm to personally certify farms to become conservatively organic or to improve soil-site stability, fertilization and pesticide techniques with beneficial, natural and organic methods."
Peak will graduate this May, and he is grateful to the generous donors who contribute to scholarships and grants that have helped him work toward his goals.
"I am forever thankful for the relationships and valuable life lessons that Whitworth has provided me." Peak says. "I am extremely privileged to be part of the unique community that exists within the campus, to have gained the life experiences of serving my country, and to pursue my goals toward higher education, to ultimately provide for my family, and to increase the state of our surrounding environment by the benefit of generous scholarships and grants."
Whitworth University recently earned the 2017 Military Friendly School Designation. For more information, visit http://news.whitworth.edu/2016/11/whitworth-named-to-victory-medias-2017.html