Student Fellows Program
At the conclusion of an annual competitive application process, the Center awards stipends to talented students to serve as student fellows. Six students serve as research fellows while the other six serve as marketing fellows helping the Center to market its faith and freedom educational events and scholarship. Mentoring and making employment and graduate school connections for its student fellows, the Center is a farm team of sorts that prepares promising young leaders to serve in the country’s premier national and state-based think tanks. In addition to working with student fellows, the Center served an additional 522 students last year via various educational initiatives including a three-day networking trip in Washington, D.C.
Celeste Anderson ’18 is a junior at Grove City College where she studies political science as her major and is pursuing a minor in business. Celeste is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Thanks to her parents, her home life fostered her faith and an interest in free enterprise.
On campus, Celeste started an Executive Council through the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) which she currently chairs. AEI is a public policy think thank and Celeste has had the pleasure of attending various student conferences. Celeste is also the executive articles editor for the Grove City College Journal of Law & Public Policy.
During the summer of 2016, Celeste was part of the Charles Koch Institute’s Internship Program and she worked as a development and fundraising intern at the Leadership Institute in Arlington, Virginia. She has worked as a research and teaching assistant for Dr. Caleb Verbois, a professor of political science and contributing scholar with the Center for Vision & Values. Celeste is also a member of the Crimson and White alumni honorary. In her free time, Celeste likes to read, sketch, be outdoors and travel. She will spend the spring semester of 2017 studying in Reading, England.
Allison Bimber ’17 is a senior at Grove City College and began her trek to Grove City as an elementary student who enjoyed reading the histories of Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. As a Midwesterner born and raised in Indiana, she embraced cultural conservatism and the ideal of freedom as indispensable to a sensible lifestyle. Allison’s Christian faith and her desire to attend an unapologetic Christian school which championed the ideals of liberty led her to Grove City.
On campus, Allison currently serves on Orientation Board, an organization established to welcome new students and to help them assimilate into the college community, as Executive of Publicity. She is a style editor for the Grove City College Journal of Law and Public Policy, and she also serves as the secretary for the college’s Law Society. Allison is excited about serving with other Vision & Values fellows who share her passion for truth and advancing America’s foundational standards.
After graduating with majors in English and political science, Allison plans to attend law school. She desires to honor God with her professional choices as she pursues a career that advances the causes of freedom and sincere justice for those in her sphere of influence who are interested.
Danielle DiQuattro ’18 is a junior at Grove City College and majoring in political science with a minor in economics. Her inspiration is Margaret Thatcher and her passion is public policy research, specifically in the area of economics. Her desire is to bring new and unique solutions for the failing system of welfare.
Danielle serves as the vice president and historian of the Tri-Zeta sorority. She founded, and was co-chair, of a fundraiser for the Make-a-Wish Foundation through her sorority. She was also able to cultivate her love for philanthropy by being a member of Crown and Scepter, a sophomore women’s leadership and service honorary.
Danielle co-founded and is president of a political discussion group on campus which debates issues of gender equality here and abroad. She is working to bring a panel to campus sponsored by her group called, “Pro-Life or Pro-Choice: Which is actually better for women.” This past summer Danielle also interned at the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute which seeks to “prepare and promote conservative women leaders” in the Washington, D.C. area.
Brooke Dymski ’17 is a senior at Grove City College, with a double major in political science and communication studies. Born and raised in south central Pennsylvania, Brooke grew up in a Christian-conservative home and let the values of faith and freedom guide her to Grove City College.
At Grove City, Brooke plays for the women’s lacrosse team, where she is serving her second year as president. In addition, Brooke is involved with Young Life, a Christian ministry geared toward high school students, and leads the group at Grove City High School.
During the summer of 2015, Brooke interned at the Pennsylvania Family Institute (PFI). While serving at PFI, Brooke had the opportunity to contribute to the institute’s blog, shadow lobbyists and lawyers at the state capitol, help lobbyists and lawyers with state legislation research, and help organize and manage a youth conference.
Also in 2015, Brooke joined the “Student’s For Cruz Coalition” (a part of Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign) and is currently the state director of the coalition in Pennsylvania. After graduation, Brooke plans on becoming involved in lobbying and political commentary and attending law school.
Sarah Gibbs ’18 (graduating in December 2017) is a junior at Grove City College pursuing a degree in political science. She was raised in Tennessee and began her college education at a university in South Carolina studying secondary education. After realizing that she wanted to have a greater impact than just in a single classroom she changed her major to political science and transferred to Grove City College in January 2016. Drawing on her past work experiences in the healthcare and education field as a home care assistant, a special education assistant, and a daycare teacher, Sarah plans to pursue a career that allows her to study and work to improve the health care and education systems.
Sarah is a member of the Grove City College debate team. At her previous school, Sarah was a teacher in a community Bible club, was named the social studies education representative to the University Educators’ Association, and served as treasurer for her sorority. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys hiking, analyzing cinematic productions, and reading classic fiction.
Kyle Jorstad ’17 is a senior political science major at Grove City College with minors in economics, Spanish, and philosophy. Currently pursuing a legal career, Kyle plans on attending law school following graduation from Grove City.
On campus, Kyle is blessed to serve as president of the Law Society, an associate content editor for the College’s Journal of Law and Public Policy, a varsity team debater, and is a member of the College Republicans. Kyle is also a contributing writer for Earth Rising in association with the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of God’s Creation.
Kyle has interned with Federal District Judge Arthur Schwab as well as PA State Representative Rosemary Brown, and has been employed for the past seven summers by the Boy Scouts of America at Resica Falls Scout Reservation. In his spare time, Kyle enjoys reading, cooking, building with Legos, and outdoors activities.
Kevin Kaufman ’18 is a junior political science major with minors in business and pre-law from Farmington, Connecticut. As a third generation Grover, Kevin chose to study at Grove City College because of his familiarity with the school’s steadfast commitment to defending individual and religious freedom and preserving free market principles.
Kevin is currently exploring a career path in business strategy and development in non-profit political organizations. This past summer, Kevin interned at the Yankee Institute for Public Policy as a business development and policy research intern and as a state-based development fellow with the Charles Koch Institute in Washington, D.C.
On campus, Kevin serves as the vice chairman of College Republicans, a student ambassador with the Office of Admissions, and as the associate style editor for the College’s Journal of Law & Public Policy. Kevin also serves as the pledge and rush chairman for the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity, as treasurer of the Alexander Hamilton Society, and as an active member of the fundraising committee for the College’s Law Society. Kevin has previously served as president of the GCC Roundtable Service Honorary and as a freshman Chapel leader.
Alexander Kiselica ’17 is a senior at Grove City College pursuing a double major in history and political science. From Pittsburgh, Pa., Alex learned the value of hard work and perseverance while obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout. With the support of his family and friends, Alex has been able to attend Grove City College where he discovered his passion for politics.
During the summer of 2016, Alex worked as a political intern at the College Republican National Committee in Washington, D.C. While serving at the CRNC, he was able to be a voice for young conservatives while supporting conservative grassroots organizations.
At Grove City College, Alex is the president of the Grove City College Outing Club. In this capacity he organizes and participates in various outdoor excursions throughout the eastern United States. Alex is also the public relations coordinator for the College Orthodox Christian Fellowship where he organizes events on campus. After college, Alex hopes to combine his passion for conservative politics into a career that will positively effect young citizens.
David Kirk ’17 is a senior at Grove City College, pursuing a degree in political science and minoring in pre-law studies and communication. Originally from Los Angeles, David was attracted to the College because of the Center for Vision & Values and the College’s strong support of Austrian economics. A life-long lover of liberty, David intends to apply the ideas of free markets through political consulting in Washington, D.C. after graduation.
David spent his summer interning for the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) in Atlanta. FEE is a non-profit committed to Austrian economic principles and educating high school and college students about the importance of liberty. David has also had the privilege to intern for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation in the past.
At Grove City, David hosts a show on the college radio station, WSAJ, holds the position of vice president for the campus chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society, and is heavily invested in the college’s admissions office. Outside of school, David’s passions include travel, film, and tacos.
Sarah Klein ’17 is a senior at Grove City College double majoring in entrepreneurship and communication studies. Growing up in a military home Sarah spent time living all over the country and from a young age held a fascination for American history and policy after observing differences between the states in which she lived. At Grove City, Sarah is blessed with involvement beyond the academic sphere by serving as the executive vice-president for communications and marketing for the Student Government Association, as a student ambassador for the admissions office and as founder and contributor to the Humans of Grove City Facebook initiative. Other involvements include the International Justice Mission and the Alpha Beta Tau sorority where she fulfills the role of historian.
This past summer Sarah traveled to Mumbai, India where she completed a media production internship in the world of Bollywood Film. After graduation she hopes to utilize her skills in a way wherein she can use the power of media to promote effective change and education regarding issues about which she is passionate.
Grace Meakem ’17 is a senior at Grove City College, pursuing a degree in political science with a concentration in marketing. Growing up in the greater Pittsburgh area, it was a longtime goal of Grace’s to attend Grove City College due to the excellent academics as well as the thoroughly Christian environment.
At Grove City, Grace is a founding member and vice president of the Network of Enlightened Women—a national group that fosters conservative women to actively participate in the political sphere. In addition, she is also the senior chair of the College’s long tradition of family weekend.
In 2015, Grace served as a marketing and sales intern at CBS Radio in Pittsburgh where she helped prospect and grow current sales accounts, as well as assisted in executing events for the station. While at CBS, her love for working with others in a dynamic business environment was ignited. Her most recent summer experience was as a summer account manager at Uline Shipping Supplies—one of the top distributors of shipping and packaging materials in North America. Grace worked diligently to meet with over 40 clients each week to generate sales and bring value to the company.
Following graduation Grace hopes to pursue a career that embraces her interest in both politics and business.
Deanna Joy Roepcke ’18 is a junior at Grove City College majoring in political science with a minor in Biblical and religious studies. Deanna is from Langhorne, Pennsylvania. On campus, Deanna started an executive council of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Deanna is also the secretary for the College Republicans and vice president of the Hamilton Society.
During the summer of 2016, Deanna was a Charles Koch Institute intern and an events intern with Concerned Veterans for America in Arlington, Virginia. In her free time, Deanna likes to read and enjoys photography. She leads youth group at her church in Grove City. Deanna has a heart for humanitarian work and is working towards a career in that field.
Alexia Skoriak ’17 is a senior at Grove City College majoring in economics and minoring in German. Her hometown is Durham, Pennsylvania. Her interests range widely from classical Christian education, to enjoying great works of literature, and from photography to mission work. During her Grove City College career, she has developed a passion for free market economics specifically how this view can impact global poverty.
On campus, Alexia is a member of the Religious Activities Committee, a group of faculty and students which oversees the religious life of the campus. In the summer of 2015, Alexia served as a student summer missionary as a part of Grove City’s Red Box program. She served in Ukraine, Romania and Hungary through HOPE International and Tomorrow Clubs—Christian nonprofits dedicated to microfinance and children’s ministry. During the summer of 2016, she continued to assist Tomorrow Clubs and HOPE International as a volunteer.
After graduation, Alexia hopes to continue working in the nonprofit sector, in the areas of international development, microfinance or missions as a whole.
Mark Taylor ’17 is a senior at Grove City College, pursuing a degree in business management. Mark’s hometown is Savannah, Georgia. He was introduced to Grove City College at a Young America’s Foundation Conference at the Reagan Ranch in Santa Barbara, California. The rigorous academics and Christian community at Grove City College influenced his college decision.
Mark has served as an intern for Representative Jack Kingston’s U.S. Senate Campaign where he helped with recruitment, donor relations, phone banking and event planning. In the summer of 2015, Mark interned at Capital Research Center and led initiatives to revamp the website, improve social media presence, and better utilize email marketing tools. His most recent intern experience was with Targeted Victory. He worked as a client strategy intern creating digital content and implementing online marketing strategies for conservative candidates.
Mark enjoys competing in water polo, tinkering with the latest tech gadgets, and spending time with friends and family. After graduation, Mark hopes to find a career that merges his interests in business, politics, and technology.
Ian Worrell ’17 is a senior at Grove City College where he is pursuing a double major in political science and philosophy. Ian’s fascination with the fields of law and public policy began during his years in high school with the policy debate and mock trial teams.
While at Grove City College, Ian has sharpened his capacity to communicate via the spoken word by competing on the College’s debate team. Analogously, his position as senior content editor for The Grove City College Journal of Law & Public Policy has honed his writing capacities. Ian is a member of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute honors program class of 2016-2017, and is the 2016 winner of the Trinity Award for commending the Christian faith essay contest.
In terms of extracurricular activities, Ian interned at the California State Assembly during the summer of 2015 and at the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office during the summer of 2016. Ian’s hobbies include Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, health and fitness, apologetics, and backpacking. His ultimate career goal is to return to his home city of Sacramento, California and stand for conservative policies and traditional values in California state politics.