Chalis is a native of Warrenton, NC and has always had a heart for community service and students. She graduated from Warren County High School in 2007 and pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. As a highly involved student leader, she accomplished much success at UNCC. After graduating Cum Laude from UNCC, she studied Student Affairs Administration and received her Master of Arts degree in May, 2013 from Michigan State University. While at MSU, she travelled to Athens, Greece and Rome, Italy where she studied Dimensions of Cultural Leadership with Loyola University Chicago.
In 2011, she founded the Chalis D. Sledge Scholarship Foundation and has awarded over $14,000 in scholarships to students who engage in service to their community, church, and institution of higher learning. It is her goal to provide full scholarships to students one day.
The Redefine Philanthropy Campaign was launched in 2017, a social venture with a vision to change the face of philanthropy.
Chalis also serves as the Executive Director of Turning Point CDC, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, and Church Administrator at Oasis of Hope Ministries.
Chalis is married to her best friend, Braxton, and they are proud parents of Silas and Aldon.
The mission of the Chalis Sledge Henderson Scholarship Foundation is to ensure that the educational needs of students in our community are met by serving as a resource for students who are actively involved in greater communities and striving for academic excellence. The Foundation strives to be a hub for students by providing scholarships and sponsorships to educational community enhancement programs.
To provide educational scholarships for students with defined criteria.
To track the success of scholarships recipients.
To partner and build alliances with public and private organizations to provide opportunities and resources that will broaden our students’ experiences and strengthen their intellectual wellbeing.