Mequon, Wis. – Reinforcing its commitment to community service, Sendik’s Food Markets today announced a new scholars program in partnership with Concordia University Wisconsin‘s School of Business Administration. The unique, rigorous four-year undergraduate program – titled the Sendik’s Food Markets Scholars Retail Management Program – will prepare students both academically and tactically for a successful executive career within the grocery retail industry.

“Executives within this modern age need to be customer-focused, tech-savvy leaders,” said Dr. David Borst, dean of CUW’s School of Business Administration. “Students in this new program will learn strong, critical thinking skills and be able to manage budgets and inventory successfully.”

Sendik’s was excited about the prospect of expanding career opportunities for students right here in Milwaukee, said Ted Balistreri, one of the family co-owners of Sendik’s. The local grocer employs more than 1,450 associates among its home office in Whitefish Bay and 10 stores throughout Metro Milwaukee.

“This program will focus on developing future leaders for our family business,” Balistreri said. “Students will learn from the ground up our style of servant leadership and will have the opportunity to apply these skills in a rapidly changing and competitive retail marketplace.”

Students who are selected for the Sendik’s Scholars Program will receive an annual $5,000 scholarship that is good for a maximum of four years. They will also receive specialized grocery retail management curriculum, an internship placement within the Sendik’s organization, opportunities for service leadership, and qualified, vetted, custom-training for career advantages on a cohort-style academic path.

Interested students need to complete an application, with selected candidates being invited to attend interviews in spring. For more information on this Program, visit or call 262-243-5700.

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About Concordia University Wisconsin
Founded in 1881, Concordia University Wisconsin’s main campus is located on 200 acres of beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline at 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive, Mequon. The University and its 10 educational centers and classroom locations are home to 7,751 undergraduate and graduate, traditional, as well as non-traditional students from 46 states and 28 foreign countries. The University offers more than 69 undergraduate majors, 14 master’s degree programs, and doctoral degrees in Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, and Nursing Practice. The University also offers a variety of adult learning opportunities.

The University is affiliated with The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and is a member of the Concordia University System, a nationwide network of colleges and universities. For more information on Concordia University Wisconsin, contact the university at (262) 243-4300 or visit their Web site at

About Sendik’s Food Markets
Since 1926, the Balistreri family has been serving the greater Milwaukee community by combining quality food products with exceptional customer service. Their goal is to provide you with the best grocery shopping experience, period. Currently, Sendik’s Food Markets operates 10 stores throughout Southeastern Wisconsin: Whitefish Bay, Wauwatosa, Mequon, Grafton, Elm Grove, Franklin, Greenfield, Germantown, New Berlin, and West Bend.


News, Press Releases | December 11th, 2012