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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 1,090 scholarships.

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SuperWeekend is March 18–20, 2016

Check your family calendar and make plans to meet us at Garden City Chapel and Retreat in Garden City, South Carolina. Call or email your reservation in before the deadline. We are looking forward to seeing YOU there!

In 1975, the James F. Byrnes Foundation Board hosted its first Super Weekend and since that time something indescribable happens when the Byrnes family comes together. As a scholar, it has been difficult to explain it to our family and friends, because this is something you have to experience for yourself.

March is here and we want you to gather your family and join us for our weekend of fun, festivities, and lots of food. Each year our Super Weekend gets better and better and we want you to be a part of this mini-vacation.

Super Weekend continues to impact our lives because the Foundation Board of Directors believes strongly in the Byrnes family traditions of building bonds of friendship and providing love, understanding and support for each family member. The weekend is free of charge to current student scholars and our 2015 graduates (2011 scholars) and is priced reasonably so all others can attend and enjoy the meals and activities.

Super Weekend 2016 will be filled with mustache questions and activities. We encourage all scholars to reach out to those from your era and encourage them to attend this anniversary event. Scholars, if you need contact information for other scholars, please call the Foundation office and we will help you make those connections.

  • Accommodations: Super Weekend takes place at the Garden City Chapel Retreat. Current Scholars stay in the spacious dormitory with luxurious bunk beds. Others may choose to stay in one of many local motels or condos. If you need help in finding a place to stay, call the Foundation office for possible options.
  • Activities: There will be games, eating, fellowship, eating, beach Olympics, eating, talent show, eating, class skits, walks on the beach, eating, Sunday morning worship, and did we say eating? Everyone participates.
  • Dining: Gourmet South Carolina Fare. BBQ, fried chicken, seafood, and snacks available 24 hours.
  • Nightly Entertainment: Games, skits, talent show, group singing, card games and more. Bring your talent so you can participate in the Talent Show Saturday night. In addition to our student scholars, we are calling our alumni scholars to present a skit as well.
  • Necessities: For Student Scholars: sleeping bag or sheets, pillow, and blanket, towels, toiletries, shower shoes, playing cards and games, and materials/items for skits and talent show!
  • Schedule: Super Weekend begins with dinner Friday night at 6:00 p.m. and concludes after lunch Sunday.
  • What to Pack? WARM casual clothes for the entire weekend – e.g., jeans, sweats, etc. Dress in layers. We are going to the beach, however, it is often cold in March. For Saturday (college day, represent your favorite college) wear your college t-shirt or sweat shirt to breakfast and for the beach activities. For Sunday (JFBF day), everyone is asked to wear your JFBF SuperWeekend t-shirt (place your order before 2/26, extras may not be available). Mustache paraphernalia is welcomed the entire weekend!
  • What Will This Cost? Meals, dorm rooms, t-shirt and transportation is provided free of charge for student scholars and 2011 scholars. Other attendees are asked to make the following contributions to defray the cost. Please return the registration information so we can make plans for you.
    • Six Meals, $40 if you eat all meals
    • Dorm Room, $10 per night
    • Super Weekend t-Shirt, $10 adults/$5 kids
    • Sun, Sand, Beautiful Sunsets, Walks on the Beach, Special Memories, and Good Fellowship … Priceless

Share Your Byrnes Story

The James F. Byrnes Scholars and Margaret “Mom” Courtney, retired James F. Byrnes Foundation Executive Secretary, are compliling information about the Foundation and Mr. and Mrs. Byrnes. The project will cover the story of Mr. Byrnes’ life, the story of the formation of the Foundation and lots of other material.

Mom Courtney says, “A large part of the project will hopefully be stories from many Scholars. Write about getting the scholarship (why, when, etc.), your experience as a Scholar, friendships, what the scholarship means to you. We have about 20 stories and each is fascinating. Let’s aim for at least 100.”

Contact the Foundation with your story and we will forward it to Mom Courtney. Include bio info: year of scholarship, degree(s), college(s), vocation history, awards, spouse, names of children, number of grandchildren, and any other pertinent information. If you have photographs or other digital files to include, mention that in your submission and we will contact you privately with an e-mail address to send the file(s).

WE NEED YOUR HELP - pass this on to your Byrnes buddies, please.

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.

2016 Application Process Closed

The application process for 2016 is closed. Scholarship announcements will be posted to the website in early June. Application packets for 2017 will be available December 2016. 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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Post Office Box 6781
Columbia, SC 29260-6781
Tel.: (803) 254-9325