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Nicky R and Lisa K. Holdmean Presidential Endowed Fellowship

Nicky R. Holdeman, O.D., M.D., was a Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical Education, and the Executive Director of the University Eye Institute at UHCO. Dr. Holdeman received his optometric degree at UHCO and his medical training from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas and the University of Texas, Southwestern in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Holdeman has lectured internationally on various medical and ophthalmic topics. He serves on the editorial board for Clinical and Surgical Ophthalmology and the Review of Optometry and is a medical consultant for several law firms.

Lisa K. Holdeman received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Texas Tech Univernity in 1977. Upon graduation from college, Lisa spent the next 20+ years of her career in the banking and financial services industry as an accomplished professional with progressive and diversified financial expertise in management, strategy development and implementation. In 2006, Lisa decided to take the years of experience in developing relationships with clients in corporate and non-profit environments and put it to use in a new career. She joined the University of Houston where she is the Assistant Vice President - University Advancement, Corporate and Foundation Relations where she works to build collaborative research partnerships, enhance private sector support, and initiate workforce development and recruiting to ensure the tmiversity's top priorities are achieved.  


  • Provide fellowship funding 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. 
  • Preference is given to those whose degree objective is the doctorate of optometry program.
  • 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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