Where Are They Now?

Name: Juliana Vadala

Elementary School:  St. Mark the Evangelist School

Year won:  2002

Essay about African American:  a person who she admired

Goal:  To be a fashion designer and graduate from college

Where are they now?: 

  • Earned a degree in Communications with a minor in Italian language studies at University of Maryland (UMD), College Park
  • made strong friendships with students at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, who taught her American Sign Language 
  • moved to Baltimore after graduating from UMD 
  • worked in Public Relations
  • Began post-graduate study of American Sign Language (ASL)
  • interpreted at the Community College of Baltimore
  • earned a certificate in ASL Interpreting 
  • Am a professional ASL interpreter in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia (DMV) area nearly 9 years
  • Have interpreted in a range of settings from medical appointments, government meetings, vocational rehabilitation, post-secondary education, performing arts 
  • Interprets full time at a middle school and evenings at a trade school 


The Lucinda L. Jasper Scholarship was applied to my tuition at my private school high school, St. John’s Catholic High school.

Note from Juliana

What a pleasant memory your recent call jarred.  I’m glad you reached out. I was so proud to be a recipient of your scholarship back in 2002 as a young student at St. Mark the Evangelist school.

I am so grateful for the confidence and encouragement I gained from submitting my writing and having it be noticed as valuable.

Thank you again for continuing to spread the legacy of this great woman (Lucinda L. Jasper) and to foster motivation to pursue higher learning and achievement.

Thank you for reaching out.

Thoughts of Juliana as a recipient

Perhaps an influence of similarly wanting to foster educational opportunity as this scholarship presented to me.