Short Answer Questions (fewer than 250 words)

  • How did you hear about the Pittsburgh Fellows Program and why do you want to be a Fellow?

  • One of the goals of our program is to have Fellows involved and invested in the city of Pittsburgh. What is your impression of the city?

  • Please describe your spiritual journey and who Jesus is to you.

  • What are your long-term career goals?

  • Describe specific leadership roles you have held and how that role deepened your thinking about leadership.

  • Is there any area you have struggled with, and what tools and people have helped you with it?

  • If you have been convicted of anything more serious than a traffic violation, please explain.

"Think Piece" Questions (fewer than 500 words)

Please select two "Think Piece" questions. A “think piece” is a style of writing that is less polished than a formal paper or presentation, but more fully developed than an entry in a personal or professional journal; it is exploratory but not merely free-writing. "Think piece" writing can be described as a thoughtful letter that one might write to an interested friend. Because these essays are as much a reflection of one’s thought process as an expression of one’s ideas, there is no standard or uniform format for a "think piece."

  • As you reflect on life thus far, what has someone said, written, or expressed, or advised in some fashion that is especially meaningful to you? Why?

  • If I were to go to a social gathering, describe where I might find you? And why?

  • Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.

  • If you could spend an evening with any person, other than Jesus Christ, who would it be and why?

  • Write a letter to your 18-year old self. What would you like for them to know before walking into their college careers?

  • In the year 2050, a movie is being made of your life. Please tell us the name of your movie and briefly summarize the story line.

  • It’s easy to identify with the hero; the literary or historical figure who saves the day. Have you ever identified with a figure who wasn’t a hero; a villain or a scapegoat, a bench-warmer or a bit player? If so, tell us why this figure appealed to you-and if your opinion changed over time, tell us about that, too.