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Lilian Pinheiro


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Hillsborough Community College

Associate's degree program
2024 - 2026
  • Majors:
    • Ophthalmic and Optometric Support Services and Allied Professions

Florida Atlantic University

Bachelor's degree program
2016 - 2020
  • Majors:
    • Education, General


  • Desired degree level:

    Master's degree program

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  • Majors of interest:

  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Consumer Services

    • Dream career goals:

      Licensed Optician

      Fall Favs: A Starbucks Stan Scholarship
      As the leaves begin to turn shades of gold and crimson and the air takes on a crisp edge, one of my favorite fall traditions is making its annual debut: the return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks. This particular fall-inspired drink holds a special place in my heart, not just a seasonal treat but as a character in the evolving narrative of my life each autumn. My love affair with the Pumpkin Spice Latte began during my first year in the United States. As a newcomer from Brazil, I was eager to embrace all things quintessentially American, and nothing seemed more emblematic of fall than the famous Pumpkin Spice Latte. My parents were busy working hard, my mother cleaning houses and my father working on construction, striving to build a life for us in this new land. On weekends, as they took brief breaks from their exhausting routines, we would gather at our local Starbucks. It was during these moments of family bonding that I first tasted the warm, spicy, and comforting blend of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The Pumpkin Spice Latte quickly became more than just a beverage; it became a symbol of adaptation and belonging. Each sip reminded me of my parents’ sacrifices and the new traditions we were creating in our adopted home. The drink’s comforting flavors echoed the warmth and resilience of my family, giving me a sense of continuity amidst the whirlwind of change. As the years went by, the Pumpkin Spice Latte continued to be a loyal companion through various stages of my life. In High School, it was the drink I savored during study sessions for exams, its familiar taste providing a reassuring presence. Now, as I begin my journey towards becoming a Licensed Optician, I know it will become a reward after the long hours I will be studying and working part-time jobs to support my education. The annual arrival of the Pumpkin Spice Latte also marks the beginning of fall, a season that signifies new beginnings and personal growth for me. Each autumn, as I sip on this beloved drink, I reflect on my journey and the progress I have made and still doing towards my goals. It serves as a reminder of where I started and how far I have come, fueled by my parents’ determination and my own aspirations. Moreover, the Pumpkin Spice Latte has woven itself into the tapestry of my friendships and social life. It is the drink I share with friends during cozy coffee shop gatherings, where we catch up on each other’s lives and share our dreams for the future. The moments of connection are precious, and the familiar taste of the Pumpkin Spice Latte adds a touch of nostalgia and warmth to our conversations. In essence, the Pumpkin Spice Latte is more than just a seasonal beverage; it is a character in my fall narrative, embodying the themes of family, resilience, adaptation, and growth. It represents the blending of my Brazilian heritage with my American experiences, creating a unique and comforting tradition that I cherish.
      New Beginnings Immigrant Scholarship
      My journey as an immigrant has been one of resilience, determination, and unwavering hope. Moving from Brazil to the United States at the age of 15 with my family, I encountered numerous challenges that have profoundly shaped my character and career aspirations. As I apply for the New Beginnings Immigrant Scholarship, I am eager to share my immigrant experience and how it has fueled my ambition to become a Licensed Optician. Leaving behind our home in Brazil, my parents brought my siblings and me to the United States in search of better opportunities. The transition was far from easy. We faced a daunting language barrier, with none of us speaking any English. My parents, despite their professional backgrounds, had to take on physically demanding jobs; my mother began cleaning houses, and my father worked on construction. Adapting to a new culture and education system was challenging. I often felt out of place and struggled to keep up in school. However, these difficulties also became a source of motivation. I knew that my parents had sacrificed everything for our future, and I was determined to make their sacrifices worthwhile. The challenges I faced as an immigrant taught me the importance of perseverance and hard work. Learning English was a steep hill to climb, but with dedication performance improved significantly, and I began to excel in my studies. I also took on part-time jobs like babysitting to help support my family, further developing my sense of responsibility and resilience. One significant milestone was my acceptance into a great academic program in high school. This achievement was a testament to my hard work and determination. It also opened doors to numerous opportunities, including roles in community service projects. My immigrant experience has been a powerful influence on my career aspirations. Witnessing my parents’ struggles and their unwavering dedication to providing for our family inspired me to pursue a career where I can make a meaningful impact. I am passionate about helping people improve their quality of life, and I aspire to become a Licensed Optician. My goal is to earn a degree in optical sciences and obtain the necessary licensure to practice as an optician. I have already taken steps towards this goal by working as an Optometric Technician and by shadowing professionals in the field and volunteering at local clinics. These experiences have reinforced my commitment to providing excellent eye care and ensuring that everyone has access to the vision care they need. Reflecting on my journey as an immigrant, I am filled with gratitude for the opportunities that have come my way and the resilience I have developed. My experiences have shaped my aspirations and fueled my determination to succeed. The New Beginnings Immigrant Scholarship would provide essential support in my pursuit of higher education, enabling me to achieve my career goals and give back to my community. I am committed to honoring my parents’ sacrifices and making a positive impact on the lives of others as a Licensed Optician.
      A. Ramani Memorial Scholarship
      My journey began when my parents made the big decision to leave Brazil and bring me and my other two siblings to the United States. Their sacrifices were immense; they spoke no English and faced numerous challenges as they worked tirelessly to provide us with better opportunities. My mother took on jobs cleaning houses, while my father worked in construction. Their unwavering commitment to our education and future has profoundly shaped my ambitions and aspirations. The transition to a new country was far from easy. My parents left behind their comfortable lives in Brazil, trading familiarity for the unknown. Despite the language barrier, my mother took on cleaning jobs, spending long hours scrubbing and tidying to support our family. My father, a businessman back in Brazil, took up construction jobs, often working late into the night to make ends meet. Their sacrifices extended beyond their jobs; they worked hard to create a stable environment and ensure that we had access to education. They faced financial struggles, cultural adjustments, and countless moments of doubt, but their determination never wavered. Witnessing my parents’ relentless efforts has instilled in me a deep appreciation for the value of hard work and education. Their sacrifices have driven me to set high academic and career goals. I am inspired to pursue a career in Licensed Optician, with the aim of making a meaningful impact and helping others who face similar challenges. The resilience and determination they demonstrated have inspired me to overcome obstacles and strive for excellence in all my endeavors.Their journey has taught me the importance of perseverance, dedication, and the transformative power of education. To honor my parents’ sacrifices, I am committed to using my education to give back to my community and support others in need. Through my academic pursuits in Licensed Optician, I plan to address critical issues and create opportunities for those less fortunate. I plan on engaging in community projects, such as volunteering or starting a nonprofit organization focusing on helping immigrant families navigate the challenges of a new country. Additionally, I intend to advocate for scholarships and educational resources for international students, ensuring that others can benefit from the opportunities my parents worked so hard to provide. The sacrifices my parents made have profoundly influenced my life, shaping my ambition and driving me to succeed. Their journey from Brazil to the United States, marked by resilience and determination, has instilled in me values that will guide my future endeavors. I am committed to honoring their legacy by achieving my goals and making a positive impact on the world. Through my academic pursuits and future plans, I will pay forward their sacrifices, ensuring that their efforts continue to create lasting opportunities for others.
      James Michael Morris Family Scholarship
      How I plan on making a positive impact through opticianry. Moving to a new country at the age of 15 was a pivotal moment in my life. Born and raised in Brazil, I found myself navigating the complexities of a new culture and language when my family relocated to the United States. Despite these challenges, this experience fostered resilience, adaptability, and a deep appreciation for diverse perspectives. As I have been working as a Optometric Technician for the past five years, I have seen how hard it is for someone that doesn’t speak the language to go through a simple eye exam and most importantly not able to communicate with an optician. Now, as I pursue a career in opticianry, I am eager to leverage these qualities to make a meaningful and positive impact on my community. Opticianry is not merely about fitting glasses and lenses; it is about enhancing lives through improved vision. My journey has shown me the profound difference that clear vision can make. I recall the struggle my mother faced with her vision back in Brazil, where access to quality eye care was limited. Her difficulties ignited my passion for eye care, inspiring me to pursue a profession where I can directly contribute to improving people’s quality of life. Being bilingual in Portuguese, Spanish and English places me in a unique position to serve and connect with a broader community. Language barriers often prevent individuals from seeking necessary medical care, including eye care. By providing services in Portuguese, Spanish and English, I can ensure that the Portuguese/ Spanish-speaking population feels understood and comfortable, fostering a trusting environment. This inclusivity can lead to better health outcomes and a stronger sense of community. Moreover, my background instills in me a drive to address disparities in eye care access. In both Brazil and the United States, socioeconomic barriers can impede individuals from receiving necessary eye care. I plan to collaborate with local organizations to offer free or low-cost eye exams and glasses to underserved populations. By organizing community outreach programs, I can educate people about the importance of eye health and early detection of vision problems. Education and advocacy are also crucial aspects of my vision for making a positive impact. I aim to educate my patients about proper eye care and preventive measures to avoid long-term vision issues. Additionally, I intend to advocate for policies that promote better access to eye care services, regardless of their background or economic statues, can achieve optimal eye health. In conclusion, my journey from Brazil to the United States has shaped my aspirations and commitment to making a difference through opticianry. By leveraging my bilingual skills, addressing disparities in access, and emphasizing education and advocacy, I am dedicated to enhancing the lives of those I serve. Winning this scholarship will not only support my educational pursuits but also enable me to transform my vision of inclusive, accessible eye care into reality. Thank you James Michael Morris family for considering my application.