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In Memory Of
Mom And Pop Byrnes

The James F. Byrnes Foundation Scholarships are living memorials to James Francis Byrnes and his wife, Maude Busch Byrnes. Since 1949 the Byrnes Foundation has awarded 1,140 scholarships for more than $6.7M total.

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2017 Fall Dinners Schedule

Join us for a Fall Dinner near you as we renew friendships and show support for our 31 current Scholars.

The James F. Byrnes Foundation Fall Dinners are an integral part of our family connections. It is our hope that you will be encouraged to connect, reconnect, and restore relationships with your Byrnes family. That is what our family dinners are all about: catching up, enjoying good food, and getting to know one another.

It may have been awhile since you attended an event. We miss you. No matter how many years it has been, stop in and enjoy the fellowship and acquaint yourself with other Scholars who live in your area.

All dinners begin at 6:00 p.m. The Foundation pays for our current students and the 2017 graduates (2013 Scholars). Others are asked to contribute $5 toward the meal if the dinner is in a home. Those attending the Columbia dinner are asked to pay $7 for adults and $4 for children for the catered meal. It is Dutch treat for dinners held at restaurants. There is no need to send money in advance; it is important, however, to contact the dinner host or the Foundation office by phone, or email, so we can include you in the count and save a seat at the dinner table for you.

  • Tuesday, October 10 - Columbia, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Natalie Owens hosting; 1715 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC 29210.
  • Monday, October 16 - Greenville, Home of Jeanette and John Cothran.
  • Tuesday, October 17 - Rock Hill, White Horse Restaurant, 1022 Camden Avenue, Rock Hill, SC 29732.
  • Monday, October 23 - Florence, Red Bone Alley Restaurant, 1903 W. Palmetto Street, Florence, SC 29501.
  • Tuesday, October 24 - Charleston, Home of Ruthie and Bobby Mallard.
  • Monday, October 30 - Clemson, Home of Ruthie and Dee McCraw.

We look forward to seeing you at one (or more) Fall Dinner. Please RSVP with the names of those attending to the Foundation office at 803-254-9325 or using our contact form.

Super Weekend 2017

The Byrnes Foundation Super Weekend retreat was March 17-19 at Garden City Chapel and Retreat, Garden City Beach, S.C. Super Weekend begins with dinner Friday at 6:00 p.m. and concludes after lunch Sunday. The theme for 2017 was, “What’s Your Super Power?”

2017 Scholars Named

The James F. Byrnes Foundation has named its 2017 scholarship recipients. The scholarship award totals $14,000 for four years at $3,500 per year. The 2017 Byrnes Scholars are:

  • Brandi Nicole Eiff, Laurens District 55 High School, attending Clemson
  • Brianna Elizabeth Hardy, Paul M. Dorman High School, attending College of Charleston
  • Delonte Rashawn Hough, Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology, attending Francis Marion University
  • Preston Van Kornahrens, Hanahan High School, attending USC Columbia
  • Justin Ross Myers, Lexington High School, attending Clemson University
  • Emily Wei-Hwa Ouyang, Wilson High School, attending USC Columbia
  • Elizabeth Darling Smith, T.L. Hanna High School, attending Clemson University
  • Riley Shane Taylor, Greenwood Christian School, attending Furman University
  • Ian Daniel Villavicencio, Northwood Academy, attending USC Columbia

Since 1948, the James F. Byrnes Foundation has awarded 1,140 scholarships for more than $6.7M total.

The keynote address for the Byrnes Scholars 54th Annual Awards Luncheon was delivered by 2006 Scholar Kayla Miller.

Byrnes Panel At The McKissick Museum

Some scholars have argued that James F. Byrnes was the greatest South Carolina politician of the twentieth century. The only American to have served as a U.S. Representative, Senator, Supreme Court Justice, Presidential cabinet member, and Governor, Byrnes was, if not the greatest, certainly one of the most active and versatile South Carolinians of his time.

On Nov. 12, 2016, a panel of former Byrnes Foundation scholarship recipients - Carol Ann Green, Ralph Gregory, Lois Anderson, and Dr. Bill Rowe - discussed the impact of the Scholarship, the Foundation and the Byrnes on their lives.

The Byrnes Scholars Site

The information concerning Byrnes Scholarships and The Byrnes Foundation is taken from materials developed by The Byrnes Foundation, especially the 1988 index to The James F. Byrnes Foundation.

The historical information on Mr. Byrnes was developed by The Byrnes Scholars under the editorial guidance of Neil Johnson and Matt Lockhart. The editors wish to thank David Damon, Rachel C. Drake, Johnna Ferguson, Dr. Sara Hollingsworth, Cal Johnson, Brad Jordan, Elaine Russell Matlock, Pam Galloway McElveen, Barbara Tartaglia, Margaret B. Walden and Charles Wall.

The Byrnes Scholars information is taken from various sources, including the organization's bylaws and various materials developed by The Byrnes Foundation.

2017 Application Process Closed

The application process for 2017 is closed. Scholarship announcements will be posted to the website in early June. Application packets for 2018 will be available December 2017. Please check back then.

Donate To The Foundation

In return for their generosity and support, Mom and Pop Byrnes asked only two things from us: become the very best people we could become in life, and make sure their legacy of family continues for those who come after us.

Please consider making a tax deductible contribution to the James F. Byrnes Foundation to secure its ability to invite more deserving young women and men to join the Byrnes family, both now and in the future. The Donate button will take you to the Paypal site where you can use your credit card or Paypal account to make a secure, one-time donation or set up a monthly recurring donation.

Join the Maude's Angels Network

Maude’s Angels is family helping family. It is a network of former Scholars who assist a current Scholar or Alumnus with a need for an item or service.

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The James F. Byrnes Foundation
Post Office Box 6781
Columbia, SC 29260-6781
Tel.: (803) 254-9325