2017 John Jay Fellow
Hometown: Scottsville, Kentucky
College: Liberty University
Degree: B.A. Government: Western Legal Traditions
Amanda Kieffer graduated from Liberty University in December of 2016 with a B.A. in Government: Western Legal Traditions along with minors in history, business, and Spanish. She served on the Pre-Law Society’s Board and as President of Liberty University’s chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta. She participated in the Leadership Excellence and Academic Development Fellowship (a multicultural leadership program), and engaged in several policy activism clubs including Students at Liberty for Gun Rights, Ladies for Liberty, College Republicans, and Lifeline, a campus pro-life organization. In Fall 2015, Amanda served as an intern in the external relations department of The Heritage Foundation.
As a multidisciplinary student, Amanda believes that the intersection of ideas, culture, and varying perspectives leads to both individual and societal growth. She hopes to further her liberal arts education at John Jay by interacting with like-minded Christian individuals who will help to broaden her perspective while narrowing her focus, strengthening her Christian worldview in a way that will help her to share Christ’s light through personal interactions. After John Jay, she plans to pursue God’s calling to be an ambassador for Christ by spending a year teaching English in Colombia through the Fulbright Program before attending Graduate School and applying to the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship. She aspires to join the Foreign Service where she can serve the U.S. State Department abroad and use her diplomatic platform to share Christ.