Byrnes Scholars organization is made up of present and former recipients
of The James F. Byrnes Foundation Scholarships. It is separate from,
but an auxiliary to, The Foundation.
The Byrnes Scholars was formed to:
unify scholarship recipients
promote the ideals of "Mom" and "Pop" Byrnes
provide an opportunity for fellowship among scholars
assist the Foundation as deemed appropriate
Each year The Byrnes Scholars sponsor a luncheon in Columbia, SC, on
the second Saturday in June to honor the new scholarship recipients and
recognize scholars graduating college. The luncheon also serves as the
annual meeting for The Byrnes Scholars.
The Byrnes Scholars is financed through dues of the
members. Annual dues are set at $5 for Scholars who have been graduates
zero to five years, $10 for Scholars who have been graduates six to ten
years and $20 for Scholars who have been graduates eleven or more years.
Dues are required only to meet necessary administrative expenses, and
all funds in excess of the needs of the normal function of The Byrnes
Scholars are paid to The James F. Byrnes Foundation for the continuation
of the Foundation and its functions.
Byrnes Scholars Membership And Officers
Membership in The Byrnes Scholars
is of two types as follows:
Full Voting Membership consists of present and former Byrnes Scholarship
holders who have complied with the requirements for membership.
Honorary Membership consists of those 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.
The Board of Directors reserves the right to refuse Honorary Membership
to any person(s) and/or organization(s) regardless of any contribution
to The Byrnes Foundation. Membership will be extended only to those
persons whose contribution has been accepted and acknowledged by
The Byrnes Foundation. Honorary Members will not have the privilege
of voting at meetings of the members of regular standing of the Board
of Directors. Honorary Membership is not transferable.
The Board of Directors And Officers
The business and property of The Byrnes Scholars is managed by a Board
of Directors consisting of seven members and the Officers. The Board
of Directors, including a student representative, is elected by the members
at the annual meeting (the June luncheon). Directors serve a term of
two years, except for the student representative who serves a one-year
term. The President, Vice-President and Past President serve for six
years total, two years in each position.
Terms of office are staggered so that three Directors and a student
representative are elected each year.
Current Officers of The Byrnes Scholars are:
Jarrell Rolack, 2016 Scholar, President
Hannah Hunter, 2011 Scholar, Secretary/Treasurer
Faith Waitman, 2008 Scholar, Past President
Renee Nelson Fleming, 1995 Scholar, Past President
The application process for 2024 is closed. Scholarship announcements will be posted to the website in early June. The application for 2025 will be available December 2024. 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.
Join the Maude's Angels Network
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.