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PIT: Putting It Together in the Community

Program Focus and Goals

PIT was established in 1997 as a way to assist School District of Lancaster first-graders prepare for their first day of school. The following year, the program's size increased from 10 participants to 21 and has grown since then to include other community service projects.  Since 1999 we've annually enrolled 50 incoming first-year students and in 2009 we increased the number of PIT participants to equal at least 10% of the incoming class.

The PIT program has been designed to accomplish the following goals:

  • Acclimate first-year students to the F&M community by introducing them to campus leaders, club opportunities and campus life.
  • Immerse students in community service projects to demonstrate our responsibilities beyond campus and the positive impact we can have.
  • Break down the barrier between the F&M community and the Lancaster community by exposing students to the issues and the assets in the Lancaster community.
  • Empower participants to become strong ambassadors for improving town-gown relations.
  • Nurture the leadership qualities of students who choose to act in the community for the sake of others.
  • Encourage first-year students to think critically about social issues and human need at the individual, communal, societal, and global levels.

2014 Program Information

MAY 15-JUNE 15:  PIT Application period is now CLOSED.

JUNE 15:  Deadline for applying!

JULY 3: ALL PIT Applicants will be advised of their status via mail and/or email.

AUGUST 23-27:  Program Dates

WHO CAN APPLY:  Open to first-year students only.  (We are unable to accept applications from any student who is not available each day of the program. Unfortunately, this includes students involved with conflicting programs, such as, international student orientation, or those arriving early to campus for athletics, music, etc.)

COST:   $200, to be paid after you are accepted into the program.
This fee includes room, board and all activities.

SCHOLARSHIPS: A limited number of full or partial scholarships are available, based on financial need, to offset the $200 cost of participating in the program. You can indicate if you wish to be considered for a scholarship on the application form.  Please note: By checking the box on the application you are authorizing the Financial Aid office to release to the Ware Institute your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as calculated on the FAFSA form.

PIT Work Groups Descriptions

Sample PIT Schedule

2014 PIT Assistant (PA) Biographies

If you have questions about the PIT program, please call the Ware Institute at 717-291-4164.

  • Kyle Seelig '15
  • Kyle Seelig '15, PIT Planning Intern
  • The PIT Planning Intern (PPI) position is a full-time summer position that requires excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and strong leadership skills.

    In addition to the PPI, there are 16 upperclassmen PIT Assistants (PAs) that make up the PIT team. The PAs lead the work groups and support the PPI during the PIT program.  Most importantly, the PAs serve as mentors  and continue to do so throughout the first year.