Judy Zang

  • Director of National Scholarships

Judy Zang likes to write poetry, play tennis, hike, and observe life and the world around her. Prior to joining the Pitt community, she learned the ropes of the national scholarship business during her six years of fellowships advising at Carnegie Mellon.

Judy grew up in Hanover, PA. After graduating from high school she moved to Washington DC; the culture and intensity of the DC metropolis, its diverse neighborhoods and population, political climate, and art inspired a budding interest in academic and community development. She attended the American University and in 1984 she earned a BA in English Literature. 

Judy then returned to her birthplace, Pittsburgh. For six years she worked as secretary to the chair of the English Department at Carnegie Mellon, also serving the department's thirty-five faculty members and its undergraduate and graduate students. Upon completion of an MA in Literary and Cultural Studies at Carnegie Mellon, she took an extended motorcycle tour of Western Europe, finally settling in the Czech Republic. Intrigued by their history and post-communist society in transition to democracy, for the next four years she lived in Prague, writing poetry, teaching English to youth and adults, and studying Czech.

She returned in 1998, both to Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon, and assumed the position of Assistant to the Director of The Role Models Program, a tutoring/mentoring outreach program for youth in Pittsburgh's Hill District. This position led her to enter the field of national fellowships in 2002. Drawn by the innovative and creative spirit of the honors college, in 2008 she joined the University of Pittsburgh as Director of National Scholarships. Her knowledge of the role of education in various communities contributes to her understanding of educational award-granting foundations and the candidates they seek.

Education & Training

  • MA (Literary and Cultural Studies), Carnegie Mellon University
  • BA (English Literature), American University