Honorary Byrnes Scholars are persons who have made special contributions
to The Byrnes Foundation and who have been duly elected as Honorary Members
by the Board of Directors of The Byrnes Scholars. Membership is extended
only to those persons whose contribution has been accepted and acknowledged
by The Byrnes Foundation.
The Honorable Linsday O. Graham, United States Senator from South
Carolina, was named an honorary Byrnes Scholar at the 2009 luncheon.
Pictured left to right, Foundation Director Paula Harper-Bethea, Scholars
President Natalie Owens, Sen. Graham, and Foundation President Dr.
The following persons are Honorary Byrnes Scholars:
Willie Byrd, longtime chauffeur for Gov. and Mrs. Byrnes
Margaret Courtney, The Byrnes Foundation Executive Secretary from
1973 to 1993
Andy Courtney, the diligent man behind the successful woman
Jean Elton, Executive Secretary of The Byrnes Foundation from 1993
Bob Elton, the diligent man behind the successful woman
Lyle Burns, investment counselor for The Byrnes Foundation since
John Cothran, husband of Jeanette (1952 scholar), active involvement
with the Byrnes Foundation since 1961; Co-Chair of Opportunity of a
Lifetime Capital Campaign
Michael Burns, investment counselor for The Byrnes Foundation
Charlton F. Hall, Jr., benefactor of The James F. Byrnes Foundation
and owner of Charlton Hall Antique Galleries
The Honorable Lindsay O. Graham, United States Senator from South
Aïda Rogers – former editor of the Sandlapper, loyal supporter of the foundation.
Lucretia “Miss Lucy” Owens – mother of 1986 scholar Natalie Owens, loyal member of our family for over 25 years.
Dennis McElveen – husband of 1984 scholar Pam McElveen, and long-time supporter.
Kenya D. White – current Executive Secretary to the Byrnes Foundation.
2023 Application Process Closed
The application process for 2023 is closed. Scholarship announcements will be posted to the website in early June. The application for 2024 will be available December 2023. Please check back then.
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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.