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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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The James F. Byrnes Foundation is participating with the AmazonSmile Foundation. When you shop at 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.

2016 Fall Dinners Schedule

It is our hope that after reading articles on this website, you have been encouraged to connect and reconnect with your Byrnes family. We will be looking for you during a Super Weekend experience, a reunion of the Scholars during our Super Weekend beach retreat in March, our June Luncheon, and around the dinner table at a Fall Dinner this month.

We encourage everyone who can participate to gather your family and join us for our 2016 Fall Dinners, which are hosted throughout the state of South Carolina. If you have not joined us for a while, this is a good time for you to come, enjoy good food, and fellowship. You can meet the current scholars, and get to know other Scholars who live in your area. Come on and join us as we renew friendships and show support for our 29 current Scholars throughout the state. The dinners are casual dress and are scheduled throughout the month of October.

All dinners begin at 6:00 p.m. The Foundation pays for our current students and the 2016 graduates (2012 Scholars). Others are asked to contribute $5.00 for 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. There is no need to send money in advance; however, it is important tocontact the Foundation office by phone or our contact form so we can include you in the count and save a seat at the dinner table for you.

  • Monday, October 10: Greenville, Home of John and Jeanette (1952 Scholar) Cothran
  • Monday, October 17: Florence, Home of Giles and Roxann Wrightson (1980 Scholar) Huggins
  • Tuesday, October 18: Rock Hill, Home of Joe and Lauren (1998 Scholar) Mozingo
  • Monday, October 24: Charleston, Home of Judge Bobby (1959 Scholar( and Ruthie Mallard
  • Tuesday October 25: McKissick Musuem, USC Horseshoe, 2nd Floor North Gallery
  • Monday, October 31: Clemson: Home of Sonny and Gervais (1970 Scholar) Emanuel

We look forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks !!!

Please RSVP with the names of those attending to 803-254-9325 or by our contact form.

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