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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 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.

2016 Application Package Available

The 2016 application package for the James F. Byrnes Foundation Scholarship is now available as a PDF. Please complete your application responses using the free Adobe Reader application, filling in every blank. Print the completed application and sign by hand in the appropriate fields. Please note: the application PDF form may not work in a browser-based PDF reader.

Applications must be submitted and postmarked no earlier than January 2, 2016, and postmarked by February 6, 2016. Applications postmarked before or after the application period will not be accepted. Incomplete or electronic applications will not be considered.

Applications will be screened by the Board of Directors in February and March to select semifinalists. If selected as a semifinalist, applicants must be available to attend an interview scheduled for April 14 or 15, 2016. Scholarship recipients are selected after semifinalist interviews. If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $3,500 award, renewable for a total of four years. Awards are for undergraduate study only.

To be eligible for the James F. Byrnes Foundation Scholarship, a student must meet the following qualifications:

  • have one or both parents deceased
  • be a United States citizen and a South Carolina resident
  • have need of financial assistance to attend college
  • be a current senior in high school
  • have a satisfactory academic record
  • plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year college or university

Recipients have the following obligations to the James F. Byrnes Foundation.

  • They must maintain a 2.0 GPA and send semester grades to the Foundation office after each semester is complete.
  • Each year, recipients must participate in the following activities:
    • Byrnes Scholars’ Luncheon in Columbia on the second Saturday in June
    • Super Weekend in Garden City Beach, SC, the third weekend of March
    • Fall Dinner in his/her area held in October – dates to be determined

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.

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