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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 1,084 scholarships.

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The James F. Byrnes Foundation is participating with the AmazonSmile Foundation. When you shop at smile.amazon.com and select James F. Byrnes Foundation as your recipient, Amazon will make a donation to the Byrnes Foundation for 0.5% of your purchase price. Your shopping cart, wish list, and other account settings are the same. Purchases remain eligible for Amazon Prime. Your purchases are not tax deductible by you.

Share Your Byrnes Story

The James F. Byrnes Scholars and Margaret “Mom” Courtney, retired James F. Byrnes Foundation Executive Secretary, are compliling information about the Foundation and Mr. and Mrs. Byrnes. The project will cover the story of Mr. Byrnes’ life, the story of the formation of the Foundation and lots of other material.

Mom Courtney says, “A large part of the project will hopefully be stories from many Scholars. Write about getting the scholarship (why, when, etc.), your experience as a Scholar, friendships, what the scholarship means to you. We have about 20 stories and each is fascinating. Let’s aim for at least 100.”

Contact the Foundation with your story and we will forward it to Mom Courtney. Include bio info: year of scholarship, degree(s), college(s), vocation history, awards, spouse, names of children, number of grandchildren, and any other pertinent information. If you have photographs or other digital files to include, mention that in your submission and we will contact you privately with an e-mail address to send the file(s).

WE NEED YOUR HELP - pass this on to your Byrnes buddies, please.

52nd Annual Awards Luncheon Saturday, June 13, 2015

Check back soon for details.

The 51st Annual Awards Luncheon

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 51st Annual Awards Luncheon on June 14, 2014, celebrated the 65th year of the Byrnes Foundation and its scholarship program.

Former U.S. Secretary of Education and former Governor of South Carolina Richard Riley presented the keynote address.

The Foundation introduced eight scholarship recipients as its class of 2014. They are, pictured left to right:

The 2014 Byrnes Scholars are, pictured left to right: Lauren Danielle Owens, Johnsonville; Joseph Daniel Kovas, Chester; Niā€™Asia Angelese Daniels, Spartanburg; John Andrew Redding, Union; Amber Evett Candice Locklear, Lake View; Terry Glenn Sweat II, Columbia; Allyson English Walters, Florence; (not pictured) Martie Marie Hiott, Mount Pleasant.
  • Lauren Danielle Owens from Johnsonville, SC, attending Francis Marion University
  • Joseph Daniel Kovas from Chester, SC, attending Presbyterian College
  • Ni’Asia Angelese Daniels from Spartanburg, SC, attending Wofford College
  • John Andrew Redding from Union, SC, attending North Greenville University
  • Amber Evett Candice Locklear from Lake View, SC, attending Coastal Carolina University
  • Terry Glenn Sweat, II from Columbia, SC, attending University of South Carolina
  • Allyson English Walters from Florence, SC, attending Clemson University
  • (not pictured) Martie Marie Hiott from Mount Pleasant, SC, attending Presbyterian College

The scholarship is for $13,000. Since 1949 the Byrnes Foundation has awarded 1,084 scholarships.

Scholars from the 2009 and 2010 classes were recognized as graduating seniors. They are:

  • Barbara Ball, 2009 Scholar, University of South Carolina
  • Henry “Trey” Capps, 2010 Scholar, University of South Carolina
  • Kara Marcum - Elam, 2010 Scholar, University of South Carolina
  • Sara Hensley, 2010 Scholar,  University of South Carolina
  • William “Will” Latimer, 2010 Scholar, Winthrop University
  • M. Chris Melton, 2010 Scholar, Clemson University

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.

2015 Application Process Closed

The application process for 2015 is closed. Scholarship announcements will be posted to the website in early June. Application packets for 2016 will be available December 2015. Please check back then.

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