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Elena Estefan Fellowship Endowment

This endowment account is established from the estate of Elena Estefan and a gift from Fon-Scenic Medical Clinic, which is a joint gift given on behalf of Dr. Nick J. Patzakis and his wife, Mrs. Jean Patzakis, who were personal friends of Dr. Estefan. Dr. Elena Estefan passed away at the age of 38 on August 3, 2008, in Beaumont, Texas.Dr. Estefan received her medical degree from St. Petersburg Medical School and graduated Summa Cuma Laude and received a degree in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She was employed by the Russian Government and also worked in Indonesia. She immigrated to the United States and attended the University of Houston receiving a degree in Optometry in 2002;  ranking in the top of her class. She was employed by UTMB and served as an Optometrist for the Texas Prison System in Beaumont, Texas. Elena was also a member of the Daughters of Penelope Achai Chapter 54 of Houston, Texas. 


  • Fellowship funding provided to an incoming OPT I student in the College of Optometry.
  • PEFs are renewable for six years provided the student continues to meet the eligibility requirements including 3.0 GPA and OAT scores. 
  • Recipient must be in good academic standing and meet UHCO eligibility requirements. 
  • Selection is made by the College of Optometry Scholarship Committee.

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