Saleska Scholarship Endowment

The Rev. Dr. John Saleska founded the Concordia Bible Institute (CBI) back in 2000 after retiring from his 23-year faculty position at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In the summer of 2014 he retired a second time, as it were, by becoming the Director Emeritus of CBI, even as he maintained an office on campus and still came to work early every morning with briefcase in hand. Dr. Saleska then received his heavenly inheritance on September 12, 2017.

In honor of his legacy of teaching “Christ in Every Word” among us, CBI has established “The Concordia Bible Institute Saleska Scholarship Endowment,” whose purpose is to provide financial assistance to pre-seminary students at Concordia University Wisconsin. In an age of biblical illiteracy, it is hoped that this endowment will help future pastors carry forward Dr. Saleska’s lifelong conviction of teaching “Christ in Every Word” as they read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest the Scriptures.

Donate Online

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By Postal Mail

Make check payable to “CUW Foundation,” with “Saleska Scholarship Endowment” on the memo line.

Mail check to:
Concordia University Wisconsin Foundation
Attn: Office of Advancement
12800 North Lake Shore Drive
Mequon, WI 53097

By Phone

Call 262-243-4423 for:

  • Stock transactions
  • Electronic transfers
  • Credit card gifts via telephone
  • Memorial gifts (a memorial packet will be mailed to you)


President Harrison on the Need for Pastors

“Some things never change…

I received an excellent education from Concordia that prepared me for parish ministry. Nothing has changed. Our District interviews men from CUW that are going to the seminary. I am constantly impressed with the students moving toward this vocation. As one elderly lady that serves on our District Interview Committee shared: “I could see that young man being my pastor.” The past few years have been a new experience at the seminary level. There are more congregations than there are seminary candidates. Our smaller parishes around our District hear about the shortage and feel as if they will not have a pastor in the future. We need men hungry to share God’s Word with God’s people.”

Rev. Dr. Dwayne Lueck, District President, LCMS North Wisconsin District

“The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod finds itself in an emerging shortage of church workers; both pastors and teachers. One of the great concerns for church leaders and students is the cost of education and student indebtedness. A well funded scholarship process is a wonderful way to encourage students to enroll in church work programs, and will assist them as they set their sights on graduating with little or no educational debt. The generosity of the church and its people is essential in bringing this about. We need pastors who will serve existing congregations, pastors who will plant new confessional Lutheran congregations.

Please consider a gift to help make this happen.”

Rev. Dr. John C. Wille, District President, South Wisconsin District


How Individuals Can Help

  • Use this website to learn about the scholarship.
  • Pray that the Lord would add at least one million dollars to the endowment.
  • Make a personal gift.
  • Identify individuals who might be willing to make a gift and direct them to this page (concordiabible.org/Saleska) or have them contact Jeff Klocko at jeff.klocko@cuw.edu or 262-243-2170.
  • Tell others about this scholarship (especially those who want to help pre-seminary students and those who knew Dr. Saleska). Use the resources listed below.
  • Host a meal in your home or a restaurant as a fundraising event.
  • Encourage your congregation, group, or foundation to give.
  • Serve as an advocate for this scholarship in other creative ways.

How Congregations/Groups Can Help

  • Visit and encourage others to visit this website (concordiabible.org/Saleska) to learn more and to access resources (listed below).
  • Tell others about this opportunity to help pre-seminary students.
  • Take a special offering.
  • Make a one time or recurring gift.
  • Make giving to the endowment part of the yearly budget for your church or group.
  • Host a meal or other fundraising event.
  • Invite a representative from Concordia University Wisconsin to speak about this scholarship at your service, meeting, or event. Please contact Rev. Dr. Ron Mudge at ronald.mudge@cuw.edu or 262-243-4301.
  • Host an event, led by a representative from Concordia University Wisconsin, on supporting the Saleska Scholarship through your Christian estate plans. Please contact Jeff Klocko at jeff.klocko@cuw.edu or 262-243-2170.
  • Encourage other congregations, groups, and foundations to give to this scholarship.
  • Serve as advocates for this scholarship through personal relationships and social media (see resources below).
  • Serve as advocates for this scholarship in other creative ways.