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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 1,084 scholarships.

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41st Super Weekend Is March 13-15, 2015

The next Super Weekend is March 13-15, 2015. PLEASE NOTE - this is NOT THE 3rd WEEKEND in March. There were scheduling conflicts with another group using the facilities at Garden City Chapel and we were asked to schedule our weekend early.

Check your family calendar and make plans to meet us at Garden City Chapel and Retreat in Garden City Beach. Please RSVP by returning the registration form to the Foundation by February 27.

Byrnes Scholars compete during the Super Weekend 2013 Byrnes Beach Olympics.

2015 marks the 41st anniversary of the Byrnes Super Weekend family experience. In 1975, the James F. Byrnes Foundation board hosted its first Super Weekend, and for 40 years something indescribable has happened over this three-day weekend in March at the chapel by the sea. As a Byrnes Scholar, it has been difficult to explain it to our family and friends because this is something you have to experience for yourself.

Super Weekend continues to impact our lives because the Foundation board of directors, alumni and scholars believe strongly in the Byrnes family traditions of building bonds of friendship and providing love, understanding and support for each family member.

Super Weekend meals, dorm rooms, t-shirt and transportation are free of charge to current Byrnes Scholars and our 2014 graduates (2010 Scholars). Alumni and guests are asked to make the following contributions per person to defray costs: six meals for the weekend are $40, dorm room accommodations are $10 per night, and Super Weekend t-shirts are $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

Schedule, Activities, Attire

Pack warm, casual clothes for the entire weekend. Typically, jeans, sweats, etc. Dress in layers. While Super Weekend is at the beach, it often is cold and windy in March.

Saturday is college day. Represent your favorite school. Wear your college t- or sweatshirt to breakfast and for the beach activities. Sunday is James F. Byrnes Foundation day. Everyone is asked to wear your JFBF shirt.

The theme for Super Weekend 2015 is "Everything Dr. Seuss."

  • Accommodations: Current Scholars stay in the spacious dormitory with luxurious bunk beds. Alumni and guests 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 -- barbecue, fried chicken and seafood. 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 on our alumni and guests to present a skit as well.
  • Necessities: for student Scholars and those availing themselves of the dorm, sleeping bags or sheets, pillow and blanket, towels, toiletries and shower shoes. For general entertainment - playing cards and games and materials/items for skits and talent shows.
  • Schedule: Super Weekend 2015 begins at 6:00 p.m. Friday, March 13, with dinner and concludes after lunch Sunday, March 15.

Byrnes Family Cookbook Project

The James F. Byrnes Scholars announced at the June 14, 2014, Annual Luncheon the James F. Byrnes Family Cookbook project. The cookbook will include James F. Byrnes Foundation history, photographs, quotes, personal memories, family stories, reflections and more.

Byrnes family members and friends wishing to contribute a recipe to the cookbook should:

  1. Go to the TypeNSave website.
  2. Click the Login button at the top right.
  3. Enter the user name: natlees and the password: jfbf02. Click Submit.
  4. In the popup box, enter your name and click Continue.
  5. Click on Add Recipes.
  6. Follow the directions to the left, “A Message from the Chairperson.”
  7. If you have questions or need assistance entering a recipe, please call the support number listed in the directions or contact the Foundation.

To contribute a nonrecipe item, scan your memoribilia and email it to jamesfbyrnescookbook at gmail dot com, or make a copy of everything you wish to submit and mail it to the James F. Byrnes Foundation, Post Office Box 6781, Columiba, SC 29260-6781.

We need about 300 recipes to make a good book. We are a little over halfway there with 188. Please dig into your recipe books, card files, etc. and send us more. If you have a memory or story relating to your recipe please send that as well.

The cookbook is expected to be available at the 2015 luncheon on June 13, 2015.

Preorder information for the cookbook will be made available soon.

The 51st Annual Awards Luncheon

Each year the Byrnes Scholars sponsor a luncheon in Columbia, SC, on the second Saturday in June to honor the new scholarship recipients and recognize scholars graduating college. The luncheon also serves as the annual meeting for the Byrnes Scholars.

The 51st Annual Awards Luncheon on June 14, 2014, celebrated the 65th year of the Byrnes Foundation and its scholarship program.

Former U.S. Secretary of Education and former Governor of South Carolina Richard Riley presented the keynote address.

The Foundation introduced eight scholarship recipients as its class of 2014. They are, pictured left to right:

The 2014 Byrnes Scholars are, pictured left to right: Lauren Danielle Owens, Johnsonville; Joseph Daniel Kovas, Chester; Niā€™Asia Angelese Daniels, Spartanburg; John Andrew Redding, Union; Amber Evett Candice Locklear, Lake View; Terry Glenn Sweat II, Columbia; Allyson English Walters, Florence; (not pictured) Martie Marie Hiott, Mount Pleasant.
  • Lauren Danielle Owens from Johnsonville, SC, attending Francis Marion University
  • Joseph Daniel Kovas from Chester, SC, attending Presbyterian College
  • Ni’Asia Angelese Daniels from Spartanburg, SC, attending Wofford College
  • John Andrew Redding from Union, SC, attending North Greenville University
  • Amber Evett Candice Locklear from Lake View, SC, attending Coastal Carolina University
  • Terry Glenn Sweat, II from Columbia, SC, attending University of South Carolina
  • Allyson English Walters from Florence, SC, attending Clemson University
  • (not pictured) Martie Marie Hiott from Mount Pleasant, SC, attending Presbyterian College

The scholarship is for $13,000. Since 1949 the Byrnes Foundation has awarded 1,084 scholarships.

Scholars from the 2009 and 2010 classes were recognized as graduating seniors. They are:

  • Barbara Ball, 2009 Scholar, University of South Carolina
  • Henry “Trey” Capps, 2010 Scholar, University of South Carolina
  • Kara Marcum - Elam, 2010 Scholar, University of South Carolina
  • Sara Hensley, 2010 Scholar,  University of South Carolina
  • William “Will” Latimer, 2010 Scholar, Winthrop University
  • M. Chris Melton, 2010 Scholar, 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.

2015 Application Process Closed

The application process for 2015 is closed. Scholarship announcements will be posted to the website in early June. Application packets for 2016 will be available December 2015. Please check back then.

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