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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 1,184 scholarships for more than $6.9M total.

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Zachary Tuttle is from Hilton Head, South Carolina, and graduated from Hilton Head Island High School. He enjoys fishing, golfing, going to the beach, and playing volleyball in his spare time. This fall, he will be attending the Bridge to Clemson program at Tri-County Technical College and will pursue a major in biology. After graduating from Clemson, Zach plans to attend the Medical University of South Carolina to become an oncologist.

Emma Stone is from a small town called Fair Play, South Carolina, and graduated from Pendleton High School with honors. She has an older brother, Carter, who is a full-time firefighter with the Anderson City Fire Department. She enjoys playing golf, reading, and competing in pageants. This fall she will be attending Clemson University to major in nursing. After graduating from college, she hopes to become a cardiovascular intensive care nurse.

Grace Miller was raised in Columbia, South Carolina, along with her four other siblings. She graduated as a member of the Scholar’s Academy for Business and Law Magnet at Ridge View High School. She was also a member of the National Honor Society and was recognized as an AP Scholar and an AP Capstone Scholar. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading a good book, or volunteering at her church or in the community. In the fall, she will be attending the University of South Carolina as an undeclared stu-dent in order to explore the many options available to her in the workforce.

Danny Pham is from Greenville, South Carolina. He graduated from Wade Hampton High School with a weighted GPA of 4.92. While in high school, Danny was awarded the “The Most Outstanding in Advanced Placement Chemistry.” Danny enjoys playing tennis and basketball with his friends. This fall, Danny will be attending Wake Forest University to major in biology on a premedical route. After graduating from college, he plans to attend Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

Lila Edmonds is from Columbia, South Carolina, and graduated from Richland Northeast High School among the top five percent in her class. She has one older brother, Tony Edmonds. Lila enjoys running, hanging out with family and friends, and reading in her spare time. This fall she will be attending the University of South Carolina where she will be majoring in international studies and participating in Army ROTC. After graduating from college, she hopes to attend Yale Law School while serving in the Army National Guard. She also wants to join the Army JAG Corps after graduating from law school.

Abby Collins is from Clinton, South Carolina, where she graduated in the top 10 of her class from Clinton High School. Abby enjoys playing soccer, reading, and hanging out with friends. Abby was a delegate of the 73rd annual Palmetto Girls State class, and enjoys politics and criminal justice, She plans to attend Lander University as a criminology/pre-law major. After graduating from Lander, she hopes to attend the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Michael McGrady is from Greenville, South Carolina, where he attended Christ Church Episcopal School. As an honor student, he was the recipient of the Chaplin’s Award and the Chris Ferrel Art Award. He will attend Lynn University in Florida where he plans to major in hospitality and hotel management. When he graduates, he plans on taking an accelerated course to earn his master’s degree. His dream is to come back to Greenville and welcome all of the guests he can to his beautiful hometown and state.

Sunshine Perkins is from Florence, South Carolina, and graduated from Clarendon Hall. She has two younger siblings. She enjoys singing, playing piano, and volleyball. This fall, she will be attending Lander University to major in nursing. After graduating, she would like to continue her education and become an anesthesiologist.

Jerry Wilson was born in Laurens, South Carolina, and graduated from Laurens District 55 High School. In high school, Jerry made it into Beta Club all four years and graduated in the top 25 percentile of his class. He has two brothers and one sister. In Jerry’s free time, he likes to work out and hang out with his friends. This fall, he will be attending the University of South Carolina as a bridge student to major in political sci-ence. After college, Jerry plans to become a campaign manager with the hopes of diving deeper into politics.

Ashton Powell Bateman – The Citadel: Ashton graduated from The Citadel with a Bachelor of science in mechanical engineering. He got married the day after graduation and moved to Atlanta with his wife, Logan. Ashton is working as a corrosion engineer for Pond & Company.

Katherine Elizabeth Coyle – Clemson University: Katie attended Clemson University and earned a bachelor of science degree in packaging science and business administration minor. Graduating with honors, she represented Clemson University in the 2020 48 Hour RePack National Design Competition where her team placed second out of 58 teams across the nation. While at Clemson, Katie was an active member of her sorority, Alpha Phi. She was also involved with Students Helping Honduras and traveled to Honduras where she spent a week assisting with the construction of a school. After graduation, she is planning to find a permanent position as a packaging engineer.

Alexandra McLeod Doubles - Clemson University: Alex graduated summa cum laude from Clemson University with a degree in psychology and a minor in biological sciences. While at Clemson, she was named a Davenport Scholar and awarded the Psychology Department’s Award for Academic Excel-lence. She is currently in her first year at The Medical University of South Carolina pursuing a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy. In September, she was elected vice president of the OT Class of 2023.

Jerrell Thomas Rolack – Clemson University: Jerrell will be graduating from Clemson University in the fall of 2021 with his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and certification in Six Sigma. Currently, while in school, Jerrell is the co-owner of a videography company, Vision to Inspire, and his own photography company, Jerrell Rolack’s Photography. He is also a dedicated YouTuber with the channel name of Cruzin’ Through Life. After graduation, he plans to enter the workforce as an industrial engineer. He then hopes to earn his MBA and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering. His plan is to work as an automotive designer.

Jessica Gainey – Francis Marion University: Jessi attended Francis Marion and received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. She was a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She will begin working as a registered nurse in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at McLeod Hospital in Florence.

Khendra Witt – Furman University: Khendra graduated from Furman University receiving a bachelor’s degree in accounting and Asian studies. She was awarded the Furman’s Hall of Leaders Award for Excellence in Service and Leadership. She was also awarded the Chair’s Commendation Award from the Department of Asian Studies. Following graduation, Khendra moved to Charlotte to complete a summer internship at the public accounting firm, Ernst and Young. In the fall, she will attend Wake Forest University to pursue a master’s degree in accounting. After obtaining her master’s degree, she plans to get her CPA license and work in public accounting.

Katelynn Powell – USC Upstate: Kat graduated from the University of South Carolina Upstate with a degree in special education with a focus on learning disabilities. She is currently in the process of becoming certified to teach elementary education as well. Beginning this August, Kat began teaching in Spartanburg at Inman Intermediate School. She will teach special education grades four through six. Her future plans include surviving her first year of teaching and going back to school for her master’s degree.

Conor Kenneth Wagner - University of South Carolina: Profile not received.

2022 Scholarship Application Available

The 2022 Application Packet and the Reference Form are now available for download as Adobe electronic forms (download the latest version of Adobe Reader). The deadline for the 2022 completed application packet is February 1, 2022.

Please note: Applications will not be considered if:

  • Any part of the Application is missing or incomplete
  • The SAT / ACT score is not included
  • If two reference forms are not submitted by the deadline
  • Any part is not received by February 1

Please follow the detailed instructions for submitting the Application and Reference Form as outlined in the packet. Everything must be submitted via email.

If there are any concerns, please contact Foundation Secretary Kenya White or call 803-254-9325.

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.

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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