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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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SuperWeekend 2020 Is March 20-22

Check your family calendar and make plans to meet us at Garden City Chapel and Retreat in Garden City, South Carolina. We are looking forward to seeing YOU there! The deadline for registration is Feb. 21. Please return the registration form by postal mail, email, or fax, or register on-line.

The James F. Byrnes Foundation hosted its first SuperWeekend in March of 1975, 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 it is something you have to experience for yourself.

March is just around the corner, and we want you to gather your family and join us for our weekend of fun, festivities, and lots of food. Each year our SuperWeekend gets better and better, and we want you to be a part of this mini vacation.

SuperWeekend 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 2019, 2018, and 2017 graduates (2015, 2014, and 2013 Scholars) and is priced reasonably so all others can attend and enjoy the meals and activities.

Super Weekend 2020 will be a pirate-themed weekend where we are building relation-'ships'. 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: SuperWeekend 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. Snacks available 24 hours.Alumni attending are welcome to bring items for the snack table. If you have special dietary needs, please bring items you need.
  • 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 challenging our alumni scholars to present a skit.
  • 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, around 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday Night is a PIRATE PARTY: Grab those breeches or trousers, knitted Monmouth caps and waistcoat outfits for our night of fun and games. Some eye patches will be provided.
  • Saturday is college day. Represent your favorite college, wear your college t-shirt or sweatshirt to breakfast and for the beach activities.
  • Sunday is JFBF Day. Everyone is asked to wear your JFBF shirt - place your order before Feb. 21, extras may not be available.
  • 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.
  • What Will This Cost? Meals, dorm rooms, t-shirt and transportation is provided free of charge for student scholars, 2015, 2014, and 2013 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.
    • Five Meals, $45 if you eat all meals
      • Friday supper, $7 per person
      • Saturday breakfast, $10 per person
      • Saturday lunch, $6 per person
      • Saturday supper, $7 per person
      • Sunday lunch, $15 per person
    • 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

Many scholars use this opportunity to make a donation to the Foundation and pay their Scholar dues. Scholar dues are:

  • Graduates 0-5 years, $10
  • Graduates 6-10 years, $15
  • Grauates 11+ years, $25

The James F. Byrnes Foundation Book

With stories of the Byrnes Scholars 1949 – 2017

Margaret Courtney loved the Foundation, its mission, and most importantly its scholarship recipients. She felt it was important to remember how this unique foundation was formed, the many people who had a part keeping it strong and vital for 70 years, and telling the stories of the Scholars. The last five years of Margaret’s life were dedicated to writing this book, collecting the stories, and editing its contents. This was a difficult task under any circumstances but was a herculean task for a 90-year-old.

This book will remind you of the impact that the Byrnes family had/has in your life. Whether it was the financial support, the mentorship, emotional support, or the friendship of fellow Byrnes brothers and sisters, you were hopefully touched in some ways.

Order your copy of the JFBF book now!

If you would like to order a copy of this book, complete the order form here. Online payments are processed through PayPal. If you prefer to mail in your payment for the book, please send your payment to James F. Byrnes Foundation, PO Box 6781, Columbia, SC 29260.

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.

2020 Application Process Closed

The application process for 2020 is closed. Scholarship announcements will be posted to the website in early June. Application packets for 2021 will be available December 2020. 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