Three Assumption High School Seniors Awarded the Minerva Ponce, MD Memorial Scholarship for Medical Education

WISCONSIN RAPIDS - Anthony Arias, Maria Hartley and Kylie Kronstedt, seniors at Assumption High School, have been awarded the Dr. Minerva “Mimi” Ponce Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship fund was established in the Aspirus Riverview Foundation by Dr. Mario Ponce, Mimi’s husband, and family.

Mimi was a vibrant physician who practiced internal medicine at the Doctor’s Clinic in Wisconsin Rapids for more than 25 years. She passed away unexpectedly in 2002 and will always be remembered for her compassionate service and generosity to our community.

To honor Mimi’s memory and the importance of health care professionals, $1,000 scholarship has been awarded to each of the three recipients to help them pursue a medical education. Dr. Mario Ponce and family chose these students based on their promise and achievements toward becoming health care professionals.

This year’s scholarship recipients shared that their aspirations stem from “longing to give back to the community that helped support them, wanting to inspire others to do the work needed to take control of their lives and be happy and healthy, and being able to use their love of medicine to help people feel better and improve their lives.”

We look forward to the day Anthony, Maria, and Kylie join the health care professionals helping and inspiring a healthy, happy, and thriving community.  

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

 Pictured left to right: Kylie Kronstedt, Anthony Arias, and Maria Hartley