Meet Safa Khawaja

Safa is a 2019 Gunther and Lee Weigel Medical School Scholarship recipient studying osteopathic medicine at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

“As an Elks Scholar Alum, I learned the power of collaborating with other Elks Scholars on service trips. This scholarship will be an extension of the wonderful Elks memories I have and will be a reminder of the importance of the Elks family as a pursue a career in medicine.”

After losing her husband, Gunther, to a staph infection in November 2009, the late Lee Weigel wanted to improve the quality of healthcare in our country. To realize that goal, she partnered with the Elks National Foundation to endow the Gunther and Lee Weigel Medical School Scholarship, which helps Elks scholars pursue careers in medicine. For more information, visit

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