Combs Recipient of the First Bill Babcock Memorial Scholarship

WISCONSIN RAPIDS - Therese Combs, wife, and mother of three young daughters, is the recipient of the first Bill Babcock Memorial Scholarship.

Earlier this year, two of Bill’s former coworkers at Aspirus Riverview Hospital began raising funds to ensure his memory and inspirational spirit lives on for years to come. They were astonished by the response, raising more than $9,000 to establish a scholarship fund in Bill’s name.

The Bill Babcock Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a non-traditional student attending Mid-State Technical College in a healthcare related field. Combs currently attends Mid-State Technical College where she is completing her paramedic certification and aspires to become a flight medic. She describes herself as an enthusiastic and motivated individual, priding herself on her adaptability and hardworking mentality.

Sherry Evenson, Executive Director of Aspirus Riverview Foundation, was honored to present Combs with her scholarship at the Scholarship Awards Reception held recently at Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids.

Combs shared, “Thanks to this scholarship, I will now have less financial burden to worry about and will be able to focus as much time and energy into my studies. It truly means the world to me.” Just as Bill was known as a man who made an impact on countless people with his words, actions, and unwavering support, Combs hopes to do the same, paying forward her gratitude by being able to serve her community well and inspiring her daughters to pursue their dreams as she is doing now.

Donations are still being accepted and may be made online at or mailed to Aspirus Riverview Foundation, 410 Dewey Street, Wisconsin Rapids, WI, 54494.

Aspirus Riverview Foundation strives to support community-based efforts that align with improving the community's greatest health and wellness needs. If you wish to help make a difference in the health and wellness of our local community, visit the Aspirus Riverview Foundation’s website or call the Foundation Office at 715-421-7488.  

Photo: Terese Combs is the recipient of the first Bill Babcock Memorial Scholarship