Matthew Crumb, a 2013 graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University’s School of Arts and Sciences, has been chosen for the prestigious John Jay Fellows Program offered through the Philadelphia-based John Jay Institute.
The John Jay Fellows Program is a post-undergraduate educational and professional experience for men and women aspiring to public stations in society and the church. Tailored for college graduates with academic interests in theology, culture and society, politics and law, the program is suited for career aspirants in the fields of religion, law, politics, public and international affairs, issue advocacy, social service, journalism and education.
Crumb, of Mokena, Ill., majored in political science at PBA. His career goals include working in the field of public policy and later gaining experience in the business sector before considering a run for government office.
He said he considered it a tremendous blessing to have been accepted into the program. “The John Jay Fellows Program will deepen my understanding of faith-based political philosophy, and the internship portion will sharpen my skills as I begin to build a career,” he said.
During his senior year, Crumb participated in the Council for Christian College and Universities’ American Studies Program in Washington, D.C.
“It was an amazing experience, as I was able to immerse myself into policy, government and the political market that is Washington, D.C.,” Crumb said. “ASP also challenged me to consider how the Christian story of Creation-Fall-Redemption-Restoration incorporates itself into our careers and whole lives.”
Crumb was one of the 2012 recipients of PBA’s Servant Leadership Award. His on-campus activities included becoming captain of the varsity men’s soccer team, serving as resident assistant and assistant resident director and participating in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Leadership Team.
He also completed an internship in the office of former U.S. Rep. Allen West.
Crumb said he considers his time at PBA a rewarding experience. “I am grateful for a school like PBA that gets behind students wanting to make an impact on campus,” he said. “Faculty and staff were always in my corner supporting my efforts.”