Nekoosa Senior Awarded the Dr. Elmer and Frances Debus Memorial Scholarship

NEKOOSA, WI – Elise Waltenberg, a senior at Nekoosa High School, has been awarded the Dr. Elmer and Frances Debus Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship fund was established in the Aspirus Riverview Foundation by Merrill and Mary Redman. Mary is the daughter of Elmer and Frances Debus.

Dr. Debus was a physician in Wisconsin Rapids for 33 years. He and his wife will always be remembered for their kindness, service, and generosity to our community. As a physician, Dr. Debus valued those who assisted him in caring for patients. Without the support of people like nurses, therapists, pharmacists, and technicians, he believed he would not have been able to provide such exceptional care.

To honor the importance of medical support roles, one scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is awarded to a student who plans to continue their education in such a role. Even more important is that the student demonstrates outstanding performance, a commitment to community, and the determination to become a future health care hero.

This year’s scholarship recipient, Elise Waltenberg, shared that becoming a nurse has been something she has always wanted to do. Her goals include being “a positive, memorable part of a patient’s overall health care experience” and being “remembered as the nurse who brought a smile to their face, listened to their needs, and one they long remember after the interaction they had.”

We look forward to the day Elise joins the health care heroes making a difference in the lives of those who need them.

To learn more about Aspirus Riverview Foundation, please visit or call the Foundation office at 715.421.7488.