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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 1,153 scholarships for more than $6.7M total.

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2020 Application Packet Available

The application packet for the 2020 James F. Byrnes Foundation Scholarship is now available as a fillable Adobe Acrobat form. Depending upon the brower used, the form elements may not be available if the form is opened within your browser. Adobe Reader is available as a free download.

Applications must be submitted after January 2, 2020, and postmarked by February 1, 2020. Applications postmarked after the deadline will not be accepted. Applications must be printed and returned by mail to: The James F. Byrnes Foundation, PO Box 6781, Columbia, SC 29260.

Applications are 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 in Columbia, SC, scheduled for April 16, 17, or 18, 2020. Scholarship recipients are selected after semifinalists’ interviews.

The James F. Byrnes Foundation is a public charity organization and functions under the auspices of a twelve member Board of Directors. Each Director was also a Byrnes Scholarship recipient. Established in 1948, The Byrnes Foundation has provided both the means and inspiration for hundreds of South Carolina’s young men and women to achieve college educations. Mr. and Mrs. Byrnes’ legacy continues today in the lives of young people who proudly bear the designation Byrnes Scholars.

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

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $4,500 award, renewable for a total of four years; total award $18,000 for the academic career. Awards are for undergraduate study only.

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

Honoring Margaret “Mom” Courtney

During the June 2019Luncheon, a special presentation was made to Margaret Courtney.

During the June 2019 Luncheon, a special presentation was made to Margaret Courtney. A committee within the Foundation Board asked that the South Carolina House of Representatives help us honor her in a unique way that would live on in our state’s historical records. This Resolution honors Margaret Courtney, known to all as “Mom” Courtney, for her outstanding contributions to the Foundation and to hundreds of students within the state of South Carolina.

Mom Courtney helped create a family within the Foundation where Scholars, young and old, attend Byrnes gatherings throughout their college years and so Super Weekend and Fall Dinners were added to Byrnes calendar. Her goal for these gatherings was for Scholars to bond with each other and with past Scholars. Later, after retiring from the position of Executive Secretary of the Foundation, she took the initiative to ensure that the history of the Foundation will not be forgotten. At the age of 89, she encouraged Scholars, both past and present, to share their Byrnes stories and compiled the Foundation history into a book. After many hours of work, the book is now in the hands of the publisher. It should be available by the end of this year.

In recognition of Mom Courtney’s devotion to the Foundation, parts of the Resolution and many other statements that described and highlighted her devotion, were read. Scholars began to quietly stand to acknowledge the impact she had made on their lives. Whether during their years as a student in college under her watch and care or as an alumni with interactions, she continues to be integrally involved with our Foundation. She continues to reach out to Scholars via Facebook with words of support and encouragement.

At the end of the tribute, few remained seated.

We are thankful the South Carolina House of Representatives helped the Foundation honor Mom Courtney for her years of service to the Foundation and for her years of love and support as one of our Byrnes Family.

2019 Byrnes Foundation Scholars Named

Pictured are the 2019 James F. Byrnes Foundation Scholars.

The 2019 James F. Byrnes Scholars

Front row, left to right:

  • Anthony Vincent Acker, May River High School, attending Clemson University
  • Nicolette Michelle Brown, Woodruff High School, attending USC Upstate
  • Madison Kate Godfrey, Greer High School, attending Clemson University
  • Rebecca Jane Dooley, River Bluff High School, attending University of South Carolina
  • Amanda Michelle Cody, Seneca Senior High School, attending College of Charleston
  • Kaitlin Chyenne Lawson, Blacksburg High School, attending Winthrop University

Back row, left to right:

  • Charles Wright Wieters, Greenwood High School, attending College of Charleston
  • John James Acker IV, Bluffton High School, attending The Citadel
  • Stephen James Canepa, Aiken High School, attending University of South Carolina Aiken
  • Jamari Dre’Quan Evans, Whale Branch Early College High School, attending Clemson University
  • Thornwell Lee Huntley, Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate High School, attending Newberry College
  • Isaac Kirk Manning, Lexington High School, attending Clemson University

Not pictured: Haven Elizabeth Curtis, Batesburg-Leesville, attending University of South Carolina.

Graduating Scholars Recognized

Pictured left to right are the 2015 James F. Byrnes Foundation Scholars graduating in 2019:

2014 James F. Byrnes Scholars graduating in 2018
  • Jamie Elizabeth Yarborough, Clemson University
  • Ferdinand “Fritz” Marzullo, Clemson University
  • Zachary “Zach” Jenerette, USC Columbia
  • Summer Reid Hamlett, USC Columbia
  • Leanne Roneshia Summers, UNC Chapel Hill

Not pictured: Sydney Lafaith Thompson, Clemson University; Jamilynn Elizabeth Flores, Winthrop

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