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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 1,140 scholarships for more than $6.7M total.

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SuperWeekend 2019 Is March 15-17

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. 22. 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 2018, 2017, and 2016 graduates (2014, 2013, and 2012 Scholars) and is priced reasonably so all others can attend and enjoy the meals and activities.

Super Weekend 2019 will be a weekend-long luau party. 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.
  • 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 our alumni scholars to present a skit as well.
  • 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 LUAU PARTY: Grab those Hawaiian, and tropical print shirts and outfits for our night of fun and games. Leis 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. 22, 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. For Sunday (JFBF day), everyone is asked to wear your JFBF SuperWeekend t-shirt (place your order before Feb. 23, extras may not be available).
  • What Will This Cost? Meals, dorm rooms, t-shirt and transportation is provided free of charge for student scholars 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.
    • Six Meals, $45 if you eat all meals
    • 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

Super Weekend 2018

The Byrnes Foundation Super Weekend retreat was March 16-18 at Garden City Chapel and Retreat, Garden City Beach, S.C. Super Weekend begins with dinner Friday at 6:00 p.m. and concludes after lunch Sunday. The theme for 2018 was, “The Seventies”

2018 Byrnes Foundation Scholars Named

Pictured left to right are the 2018 James F. Byrnes Foundation Scholars:

The 2018 James F. Byrnes Scholars
  • Roman Vincent Holder, SC Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities, attending USC Columbia
  • Kayla Rochelle Sanders, Greenwood High School, attending Clemson University
  • Dawson Baker Green, Clinton High School, attending Clemson University
  • Hallie Alyssa Keisler, Batesburg-Leesville High School, attending Presbyterian College
  • Gabriel Zeke Galloway, Byrnes High School, attending Clemson University
  • Danielle Dantzler, SC Governor’s School for Science and Math, attending NC State University
  • Matthew Harrison Clary, Blthewood High School, attending Lees-McRae in North Carolina
  • Lauren Elizabeth Crocker, Lewisville High School, attending Clemson University
  • Mylea AoHua Airington, St. James High School, attending The College of Charleston
  • Houston Bryce Ford, Green Sea Floyds High School, attending Clemson University

Not present: Olivia Taylor Phillips, Colleton County High School, attending Winthrop University.

James Dowdy Jr., 2003 Scholar, delivered the keynote address.

Graduating Scholars Recognized

Pictured left to right are the 2014 James F. Byrnes Foundation Scholars graduating in 2018:

2014 James F. Byrnes Scholars graduating in 2018
  • Lauren Danielle Owens, Francis Marion University
  • Joseph Daniel Kovas, Presbyterian College
  • Martie Marie Hiott, Presbyterian College

Not present: Ni’Asia Angelese Daniels, Wofford; Allyson English Walters, Clemson University; Jamie Elizabeth Yarborough, 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.

2019 Application Process Closed

The application process for 2019 is closed. Scholarship announcements will be posted to the website in early June. Application packets for 2020 will be available December 2019. 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.

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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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Columbia, SC 29260-6781
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