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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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The James F. Byrnes Foundation is participating with the AmazonSmile Foundation. When you shop at smile.amazon.com and select James F. Byrnes Foundation as your recipient, Amazon will make a donation to the Byrnes Foundation for 0.5% of your purchase price. Your shopping cart, wish list, and other account settings are the same. Purchases remain eligible for Amazon Prime. Your purchases are not tax deductible by you.

Fall Dinners Set For October

This year has been one of connecting and reconnecting scholars. Our efforts to reach out to Scholars has opened the door to welcoming those who have not participated in Byrnes events to return to the love that only a Scholar understands. Fall Dinners have become 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. Join us for a Fall Dinner near you as we renew friendships and show support for our 36 current scholars.

Byrnes Scholars at at recent fall dinner.

All dinners begin at 6:00 p.m. The Foundation pays for our current students and the 2018 graduates (2014 Scholars). Others are asked to contribute $5.00 toward the meal if the dinner is in a home. Those attending the Columbia dinner are asked to pay $7.00 for adults and $4.00 for children for the catered meal. It is Dutch treat for dinners held at restaurants.

There is no need to send money in advance; however, it is important 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. We look forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks.

Please RSVP with the names of those attending to the dinner hosts, to the Foundation office at 803-254-9325.

  • Monday, Oct. 8, Clemson: home of Ruthie and Dee McCraw
  • Monday, Oct. 15, Rock Hill: home of Sandy and James Dowdy
  • Tuesday, Oct. 16, Greenville: home of Jeanette and John Cothran
  • Monday, Oct. 22, Florence: Red Bone Alley Restaurant
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23, Columbia: Westminster Presbyterian Church, Natalie Owens hosting
  • Monday, Oct. 29, Charleston: home of Ruthie and Bobby Mallard

2018 Scholars Named

Pictured left to right are the 2018 James F. Byrnes Scholars:

The 2018 James F. Byrnes Scholars
  • Roman Vincent Holder, SC Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities, attending USC Columbia
  • Kayla Rochelle Sanders, Greenwood High School, attending Clemson University
  • Dawson Baker Green, Clinton High School, attending Clemson University
  • Hallie Alyssa Keisler, Batesburg-Leesville High School, attending Presbyterian College
  • Gabriel Zeke Galloway, Byrnes High School, attending Clemson University
  • Danielle Dantzler, SC Governor’s School for Science and Math, attending NC State University
  • Matthew Harrison Clary, Blthewood High School, attending Lees-McRae in North Carolina
  • Lauren Elizabeth Crocker, Lewisville High School, attending Clemson University
  • Mylea AoHua Airington, St. James High School, attending The College of Charleston
  • Houston Bryce Ford, Green Sea Floyds High School, attending Clemson University

Not present: Olivia Taylor Phillips, Colleton County High School, attending Winthrop University.

2014 Senior Scholars Recognized

Pictured left to right are the 2014 James F. Byrnes Scholars graduating in 2018:

2014 James F. Byrnes Scholars graduating in 2018
  • Lauren Danielle Owens, Francis Marion University
  • Joseph Daniel Kovas, Presbyterian College
  • Martie Marie Hiott, Presbyterian College

Not present: Ni’Asia Angelese Daniels, Wofford; Allyson English Walters, Clemson University; Jamie Elizabeth Yarborough, Clemson University.

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.

2018 Application Process Closed

The application process for 2018 is closed. Scholarship announcements will be posted to the website in early June. Application packets for 2098 will be available December 2018. 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