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Cheslie C. Kryst was an extraordinary human being, a friend to all, a beloved sister & daughter, and cherished mentor. She had roots in the Carolinas as she went to high school in Fort Mill, SC,  graduated cum laude from University of South Carolina with a degree in marketing and human resource management, and a Juris Doctor and MBA from Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, NC. She also was an accomplished civil litigation attorney, Miss North Carolina USA 2019, Miss USA 2019, advocate for criminal justice reform, two-time Emmy nominated Extra-TV correspondent + inspired every person who ever crossed her path. 

We are so grateful to have had Cheslie as a huge part of our community - especially as our first-ever “TGIM” guest speaker and on our “How To Land Your Dream Job in Entertainment” & "How to Land Your Dream Title" Zoom panels in the height of the pandemic.


She will be greatly missed and we hope that this award for Black women in media will continue her legacy of being a light for others. Applications will be accepted starting on her birthday April 28, 2022 to help a young Black woman based in North or South Carolina to help her pursue a career in media + journalism.

Scholarship recipient requirements:

  • Black woman based in (or from) North or South Carolina

  • College student at an accredited university

  • Pursuing a career in media or journalism

  • Commitment to making a long-term positive impact in the community.

2022 App Opens | May 2022

2022 Nomination Deadline | October 2022

Award Presented | December 2022 at 20 Under 20 Awards

2/2/22 6:00p: A statement that was just released from Cheslie’s mother that any donations are now to go to @dressforsuccess, an organization close to Cheslie's heart. The $600 donated so far (before the statement) will go to our scholarship in honor of Cheslie Kryst for a Black woman pursuing a career in journalism/media. We will let you know if we open up the opportunity later for donations once we have spoken with her mother. Applications will open on her birthday April 28 and the recipient will be announced at our awards ceremony in December.

2/17/22 6:00p: Cheslie's family has endorsed this scholarship along with 2 other scholarships that will carry on her legacy. Donations have opened back up. The recipient will be announced at our awards ceremony in December 2022.

4/26/22 9:00a: After speaking with Cheslie's mother, April, we will not be opening applications until later for our Dean's List Award in Cheslie's honor (no longer called a scholarship) for a young Black Woman in Media to focus on the family's special plans for her birthday. The vigil and balloon release will take place on April 28th at Fort Mill High School at 7:00p.

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Thank you to our generous donors who loved Cheslie and knew the impact she made on the world:

  • Mackenzie Clark: Orlando, FL

  • Kerry Winslow: Charlotte, NC

  • Laura Saavedra-Forero: Charlotte, NC

  • Caroline Hennessey: Atlanta, GA

  • Kylee Russell: Charlotte, NC

  • Kelly Venable: Charlotte, NC

  • Ty M Carolina: Charlotte, NC