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William R. Elizondo, OD, Scholarship Endowment

Dr. Elizondo has been married for 50+ years to Maria Oralia Elizondo who is a former schoolteacher (Graduate of Trinity University) and they have 3 sons together. Their first born, Ben Elizondo, is an M.D. in Pediatric Gastroenterology and is currently in practice in San Antonio. Their middle son, Bill Elizondo, is a Vice President for America’s Car-Mart. Their youngest son, Joseph Elizondo, aside from being an International Pentathlete and representing the United States throughout the world, is an M.D. and Clinic Director at the Texas MedCinic. Dr. Elizondo graduated from the Southern California College of Optometry (Former LACO) as an Optometry Doctor (Cum Laude) in 1959 and was Vice President of his Senior Class. While at SCCO, he was awarded the Dr. Charles Sheard Award as the most improved student from one semester to the next. Dr. Elizondo began his private practice in San Antonio in 1959.  Later in January of 1993 he studied and became a Therapeutic Optometrist and at 80 years of age in 2010 he studied at the UH College of Optometry and became an Optometric Glaucoma Specialist. In 1961 he served as Chairman of the Texas Optometric Association’s Public Information Committee and in 1965 as President of the Bexar County Optometric Society, as well as on the Advisory Board to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Optometry. He has been a Federal Key person of the American Optometric Association since 2001. He has also been the Key Person of the Texas Optometric Association for 53 years and has been a member of both organizations since 1959. He was chairman of the Cataract and Lazer Institute and is now a member of the Credential Committee of the Community Health System. He served our country in the United States Marine Corps from August 1948- August 1949. He was an active sharpshooter rifleman in the Korean War U.S.M.C. and was honorably discharged in April of 1952 as Sergeant. Dr. Elizondo has had many honors and awards, some of which include: National LULAC Man of the Year, Catrin Man of the Year Award, Texas State Teachers Association Alamo District XX, KBAT Texas Star Award, State LULAC Distinguished Award – Outstanding Service to Texas, and Military Order of the World War – Certificate of Appreciation.  In 1963 Dr. Elizondo was elected Nation Health Director of LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens). In 1965 he was appointed to the Board of Managers of the Bexar County Hospital District, now known as the University Health System. He has also been the Ringside Eye Doctor for the Ten-Time World Champion in Six Weight Divisions, Fighter, Oscar De La Hoya, in San Antonio. In the year 2000 he received the prestigious Dr. Bill Pittman Award by the Texas Optometric Association, and later in 2002 in New Orleans, Louisiana he received the American Optometric Association Key Person of the Year Award. He also received the Ambassador for Peace Medal from the Korean government and the 50th year Korean War Commemoration Committee in Seoul, Korea in April of 2002. In February 2009, at age 78, he received a Certificate for climbing to the top of the Great Wall of ChinaIn 2003, Governor Rick Perry and the Senate of the State of Texas recognized him for his many achievements.

  • Scholarship will be available to an UHCO Optometry HI student who is an active member in good standing with the Students' Texas Optometric Association (STOA) & American Optometric Student Association (AOSA).
  • Scholarship applicant must have and maintain a GPA of 3.2 or higher.
  • Preference will be given to a student from Bexar County. If there are no qualified applicants from Bexar County, the award may be given to a student who is a Texas Resident so long as the other criteria are met.
  • Scholarship recipient may accept other scholarships and grants in conjunction with the William R. Elizondo OD Scholarship.
  • Funds can be used to cover expenses for tuition, books, fees, and/or supplies for the coming academic semester. Any expenses of a recipient in excess of the amount deposited must be borne by the student.


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