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The Jake Salley Alumni Service Award

The Jake Salley Alumni Service Award is presented annually to a Byrnes Scholar whose life and contributions characteristically reflect those of Jake Salley, a loyal Byrnes Scholar, a devoted family man and an inspiring educator who gave untiringly of himself to The Byrnes Scholars and to others until his untimely eath on December 4, 1979.

2019 Recipient Ryan Sneed

Racquel Vallieres Wohlers, 2001 Scholar, presented the Jake Salley Alumni Service Award for 2019.

Racquel Wohlers, 2001 Scholar, received the 2018 Jake Salley Alumni Service Award.

It’s my privilege to present the 2019 Jake Salley Service Award.  It was truly an honor to receive the Jake Award last year.  I was so surprised largely because I was on the Scholars’ Board last year and they kept the fact that I was the recipient secret from me. It was so special to be recognized by the Scholars’ Board and Natalie, on behalf of Mama Lucy.  And, of course, Mama Lucy has a special place in all our hearts, and I know she is with us in spirit today.

Now, I didn’t know Jake Salley because this award started before I was even born.  But, I remember hearing stories about him even as a freshman.  I know he was kind, quiet, and helpful. You could depend on him to get things done during Byrnes gatherings.  He brought his presence, helping hands, and love to this Foundation.

As several of us have said, I didn’t know Jake Salley, but I know a lot of “Jake Salleys.”  I know lots of you that do great things for the Foundation.  I know about phone calls, texts, letters, emails, prayers, coffees, dinners, lunches, birthday celebrations, money, and gifts. I know about the set ups, the clean ups, the planning, the brainstorming - all things you’ve done to help your brothers and sisters here.  Even if I don’t know you specifically, I know you have offered a shoulder and a helping hand.

This years’ recipient is one of those recipients where you say, “Wow, how have they not haven’t received this award yet?”

This person has qualities like Jake Salley. He’s kind and helpful. The biggest thing about this person is he sees a need in our Foundation and he fills it without hesitation.

He’s served on the Scholars’ Board; he’s been a big brother to several Scholars; and, he’s always willing to help set up or break down after events.

He’s also served on the Foundation Board; he’s led beach olympics; hosted the talent show; he’s been keynote speaker at the June Luncheon.  And, he even officiates Scholars’ weddings. 

It is my pleasure to present to you the 2019 Jake Salley Alumni Service Award recipient, Mr. Ryan Sneed. 

Jake Salley Alumni Service Award Recipients

First awarded in 1980, the following Byrnes Scholars have received the Jake Salley Alumni Service Award:

  • 2019 – Ryan Sneed, 1995 Scholar
  • 2018 – Racquel Wohlers, 2001 Scholar
  • 2017 – Miss Lucy Owens, Honorary Scholar
  • 2016 – Earle Jenning ‘Jay’ Hayes, 1982 Scholar, Byrnes Scholars Board of Directors 1988-89, Byrnes Foundation Director 2013-16
  • 2015 – Ty Collier, 2004 Scholar
  • 2014 – April Garrett, 1999 Scholar
  • 2013 – Natalie Owens, 1986 Scholar, Byrnes Foundation Director and former President, The Byrnes Scholars
  • 2012 – Jamie Rhodes, 1993 Scholar, Byrnes Foundation Treasurer
  • 2011 – Pam Galloway McElveen, 1984 Scholar, Byrnes Foundation Director, and former President, The Byrnes Scholars
  • 2010 – Keith Wood, 1982 Scholar
  • 2009 – Kristine LaSalle Hobbs, 1989 Scholar, Byrnes Foundation Director and former President, The Byrnes Scholars
  • 2008 – Carrie Fletcher Pergerson, 1992 Scholar; former President, The Byrnes Scholars
  • 2007 – Jerry Reaves, 1988 Scholar; former President, The Byrnes Scholars
  • 2006 – Jabbar Stackston, 1992 Scholar
  • 2005 – Allen Easler, 1988 Scholar
  • 2004 – Roxann Wrightson, 1980 Scholar; former President, The Byrnes Scholars
  • 2003 – LeeAnna Morgan, 1980 Scholar; former Secretary & Treasurer, The Byrnes Scholars
  • 2002 – Ron Cobb, 1980 Scholar
  • 2001 – Loretta Clark, 1982 Scholar; former President, The Byrnes Scholars
  • 2000 – Margaret "Mom" Courtney, honorary Scholar
  • 1999 – Maurice Brown, 1949 Scholar
  • 1998 – Eddie Mills, 1983 Scholar
  • 1997 – Chester Caulder, 1979 Scholar; former President, The Byrnes Scholars
  • 1996 – Nancy Norton Drew, 1959 Scholar; Secretary, The Byrnes Foundation
  • 1995 – Jan Hardy Whitson, 1978 Scholar; former President, The Byrnes Scholars
  • 1994 – Charles Wall, 1979 Scholar; Director, The Byrnes Foundation
  • 1993 – Jeanette Watson Cothran, 1952 Scholar; Director, The Byrnes Foundation
  • 1992 – Dee McGraw, 1979 Scholar; Director, The Byrnes Foundation
  • 1991 – Dal Poston, 1974 Scholar; Director, The Byrnes Foundation
  • 1990 – Dr. Sara Trammell Hollingsworth, 1961 Scholar; former President, The Byrnes Scholars
  • 1989 – Henri Duncan, 1979 Scholar; former President, The Byrnes Scholars
  • 1988 – Jimmy Rambo, 1959 Scholar; former President, The Byrnes Scholars
  • 1987 – Elaine Mattock, 1976 Scholar; former Secretary & Treasurer, The Byrnes Scholars
  • 1986 – Lois Hatfield Anderson, 1950 Scholar; President, The Byrnes Foundation
  • 1985 – Judge Bobby Mallard, retired, 1959 Scholar; former Director, The Byrnes Foundation
  • 1984 – Carol Ann Flowers Green, 1950 Scholar; Director, The Byrnes Foundation
  • 1983 – Jim Hunsucker; 1949 Scholar; former President and Treasurer, The Byrnes Foundation
  • 1982 – Hal Norton, 1949 Scholar; President Emeritus, The Byrnes Foundation
  • 1981 – Dr. Bill Rowe, 1949 Scholar; Treasurer, The Byrnes Foundation
  • 1980 – Paula Harper Bethea, 1974 Scholar; former Director, The Byrnes Foundation

2021 Application Process Closed

The application process for 2021 is closed. Scholarship announcements will be posted to the website in early June. The application for 2022 will be available December 2021. Please check back then.

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