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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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Isha Bojang is from West Columbia where she graduated from Airport High School as the Student Body President. She is number 5 of 9 siblings. She loves to cook and speak with her siblings on the phone as much as possible. This fall, Isha is attending the College of Charleston as a pre-med student in biology. After graduation, she plans to attend medical school and become an OB/GYN. She hopes to be a traveling doctor and help women in need around the world.

Brantley Evans was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. He is a proud graduate of Spring Valley High School and is attending Temple University and majoring in business management. He enjoys swimming, playing lacrosse, and theater. After graduating college, Brantley plans to continue his education and receive a Master’s in Business Administration.

Trenton Fowler is from Florence, South Carolina and graduated from South Florence High School among the top 10% of his class. He enjoys reading, playing tennis, spending time with his cousins, and playing DND with his friends. He is currently attending Winthrop University majoring in mass communications and possibly minoring in business. After college, he plans to work in marketing or teach students in the digital media field.

Marvin Gantt is from Batesburg, SC and graduated from Batesburg-Leesville High School in 2021. He has one older sister. He is currently attending the University of South Carolina majoring in sports management and plans to walk onto USC’s football team. After graduation, he intends to become an athletic director or enlist in the military.

Zachary Grant is from Seneca, South Carolina and graduated from Daniel High School. He was raised by his father, Jeffrey Grant, and grandparents, Jerry and Aliene Grant. He has one younger sister, Madyson Grant. Zach enjoys volunteering with his non-profit, The July 8th Project, coaching, and working with the Clemson Athletic Department, and the ACC Network. He is attending Auburn University to double major in sports production and professional flight. After graduating from college, he plans to further his education and graduate assist in a well-respected athletic department, as well as pursue his Master’s and Doctorate’s in Sports Communication.

Conner Jenkins is from Fort Mill, SC and graduated with honors from Fort Mill High School in the top 10% of his class. He loves cooking and eating, playing piano and saxophone, and spending quality time with his friends and family. He is attending Clemson University to major in chemical engineering while also playing for the Tiger Band. After graduating from Clemson, Conner dreams of researching and creating systems to make nuclear energy safer and more efficient.

Raelyn Ott is from Florence, South Carolina and graduated from Wilson High School with honors in the Board of Trustees. While a student at Wilson, she participated in various extracurricular activities including: marching band, concert band, math team, National Honor Society, BETA Club, and numerous other activities. In Florence, she cherishes her family: mother (April) and three brothers (Bryson, Jordan, and Evan). This fall, Raelyn is attending Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee to double major in mathematics and biology with a minor in chemistry on the pre-med track. Raelyn is passionate about having a career in medicine and plans to attend medical school to become an oncologist.

Cecilie Phillips is from Anderson, South Carolina and graduated from T. L. Hanna High School. She and her three older brothers were raised by their mother, Sydney Phillips. Cecilie enjoys crocheting, reading, and spending time outdoors hiking, kayaking or hammocking. She is attending the University of Michigan where she is studying environmental science and biology with the hope of conducting climate change research in the future.

Preston Rampey was born in Folsom, California. He moved to his current home in York, South Carolina at a young age where helives with his brother and mother. Preston graduated from York Comprehensive High School as a South Carolina Academic Honor Award recipient. His younger brother, Jackson, is a freshman at York Comprehensive. In his spare time, Preston enjoys hiking, going to the movies and cooking. Preston is attending the University of South Carolina in Columbia to study international business and finance. He plans to pursue his MIBA or his IMBA after graduation.

Ella Ransbottom is from Greenville, SC, however she grew up in Huntington, West Virginia. She loves to go back to visit her family and friends! Ella graduated from J. L. Mann High School with highest honors and is attending Furman University with plans to major in health science. Ella enjoys dancing, watching movies, and traveling. After Furman, she wants to further her education and eventually become a Physician’s Assistant!

Taniya Robertson is from Laurens, South Carolina and graduated with honors from Laurens District 55 High School. She was in the Top 10 of her class all four years of high school. She has one younger sister and one younger brother, Janiya and Andy. Taniya enjoys listening to music and customizing shoes in her free time. She is attending North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and majoring in mechanical engineering. After graduating from college, she plans to stay in North Carolina and start her career in her field of study. After working a few years to build her experience, she plans to return to North Carolina A&T to earn her Master’s in Mechanical Engineering.

Charlotte Schmidt was born and raised in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and graduated as a recipient of the International Baccalaureate Diploma from Hilton Head High School. She has one older brother who recently graduated in the top 10 of his class from Duke. Charlotte has played soccer since she was 9 years old and enjoys going to the beach in her spare time. She is attending the University of South Carolina in Columbia where she is studying nursing. After graduating from college, Charlotte plans to attend the Medical University of South Carolina where she hopes to become an M.D. with a specialization in pediatrics.

Daniel Trull is from Barnwell, SC where he attended Barnwell High School graduating with honors. Daniel also was the Barnwell High School Drama Club vice-president. In this role, he was given the opportunity to write his own play for the drama club to produce. He is attending the University of Central Florida to major in mechanical engineering and minor in theater. With these two degrees, he hopes to be able to work in the theme park industries in Orlando, Florida, designing rides and attractions. If Daniel could choose one however, it would be Walt Disney World, because he is a passionate Disney fan.

Chase Wilson is from West Columbia, South Carolina and graduated from Airport High School among the top ten in his class. He has one older sister, Holly, and one older brother, Nick. Chase enjoys long-distance running, playing piano, painting, and reading in his spare time. He is attending the University of South Carolina where he is majoring in computer science. After graduating college and earning his Bachelor’s of Science, he plans to become a software engineer.

Brandi Eiff – Clemson University: Brandi graduated cum laude from Clemson University receiving a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology with minors in Spanish and Life Sciences. In September she began her Master’s of Neuroscience at King’s College London. After completing her master’s, she plans to continue on to obtain her PhD in Neuroscience.

Brianna Hardy – College of Charleston: Brianna graduated cum laude from the College of Charleston receiving a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Public Health. While at the College of Charleston, she was actively involved on campus. Brianna is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated as well as a Student Ambassador, Orientation Intern, Luminescent, COO, and shadowing intern at Roper Hospital. She was also interviewed and published in the U.S. News & World Report on Tips on Surviving College Admissions. Brianna participated in the Horatio Alger Assoc. & New York University Research Study Participant for Academically Gifted & Talented College Students. In addition to the 20 scholarships Brianna earned her freshman year, her senior year she became the recipient of the Mary Louise Kurtnacker Memorial Award. Brianna was accepted into Duke University, Emory University, Johns Hopkins University, The Medical University of South Carolina, The George Washington University, University of Pennsylvania, and Xavier University. She has graciously accepted both the admissions and School of Nursing Excellence Scholarship offers and will attend the prestigious Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Maryland, which was recently named the #1 Nursing Master’s Degree program in the country for the fourth consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report! Upon earning her master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, Brianna will pursue the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree in order to become a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner to combat negative birthing trends, inequities, and infant mortality rates specifically impacting communities of color.

Delonte Hough – Francis Marion University: Delonte attended Francis Marion University, graduating cum laude, with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Middle Level Education. While a student at Francis Marion University, Delonte was the first black male to be named a SC Teaching Fellow at FMU. He was also Lead Resident Assistant, Patriot Mentor, University Diplomat, Student Marshal, President and co-founder of the revived FMU Education Club, member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Kappa Delta Pi Honor Societies. In his senior year, he served Francis Marion University as Student Body Vice President & President of the Student Senate. In August, Delonte started his 1st year of teaching at Darlington Middle School. His future plans are to earn a Master’s in Educational Administration and leadership.

Preston Kornahrens – University of South Carolina: Preston attended the University of South Carolina - Columbia in the Darla Moore School of Business and Honors College where he earned a degree in accounting and a minor in Russian. He is currently working in the Columbia area with plans to save money and look into potential career opportunities.

Justin Myers – Clemson University: Justin attended Clemson University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Financial Management with an emphasis on Corporate Finance. Graduating with honors, he was a member of the Finance and Marketing Clubs, officer of the Wall Street South Investment Club, and member of the Crosspoint Church College Leadership Team. His future plans are to begin working with American Credit Acceptance as a management analyst in Spartanburg, SC.

Emily Ouyang – University of South Carolina – Columbia: Emily attended the University of South Carolina and graduated magna cum laude with two Bachelor’s of Science degrees; one in Biology and one in Psychology. She graduated with the leadership distinction program in the Professional and Civic Engagement pathway. She was also a member of Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, Beta Beta Beta National Biology Honor Society, and Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology. Throughout her time at Carolina, Emily served as an undergraduate teaching assistant in Human Physiology Lab, a peer leader for the 3-credit course to help freshmen make a successful transition from high school to college (University 101), and as Membership Director for her service sorority. She is currently working as a scribe at Lexington Medical Center where she will continue to work throughout her gap year.

Ian Villavicencio – University of South Carolina – Columbia: Ian graduated cum laude from the University of South Carolina - Columbia receiving a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Exercise Science with a concentration on the pre-med track. In his time at USC, Ian had leadership roles in student government, interned for the USC athletic department, interned at Special Olympics of South Carolina and was a founder and President of the Filipino American Student Association at USC. Ian’s future plans include applying to medical schools and becoming a doctor one day.

Olivia Phillips – Winthrop University: Olivia graduated summa cum laude from Winthrop University in only three years with a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development and Family Studies. She was an active member in Delta Zeta, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and Winthrop University Horseback Riding Club. This summer she moved to Columbia, SC and is working part-time. She is attending South Carolina State University to pursue a Master’s in Speech Pathology and Audiology.

Tyler Riley – Furman University: Profile not received.

2022 Scholarship Application Available

The 2022 Application Packet (CLICK HERE) and the Reference Form (CLICK HERE) 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.

Our 2021 Scholars And Graduates

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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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