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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 1,140 scholarships for more than $6.7M total.

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2019 Application Packet Available

The application packet for the 2019 James F. Byrnes Foundation Scholarship is now available as a fillable Adobe Acrobat form. Depending upon the brower used, the form elements may not be available if the form is opened within your browser. Adobe Reader is available as a free download.

Applications must be submitted after January 2, 2019, and postmarked by February 1, 2019. Applications postmarked after the deadline will not be accepted. Applications must be printed and returned by mail to: The James F. Byrnes Foundation, PO Box 6781, Columbia, SC 29260.

Applications are screened by the Board of Directors in February and March to select semifinalists. If selected as a semifinalist, applicants must be available to attend an interview in Columbia, SC, scheduled for April 10, 11, or 12, 2019. Scholarship recipients are selected after semifinalists’ interviews.

The James F. Byrnes Foundation is a public charity organization and functions under the auspices of a twelve member Board of Directors. Each Director was also a Byrnes Scholarship recipient. Established in 1948, The Byrnes Foundation has provided both the means and inspiration for hundreds of South Carolina’s young men and women to achieve college educations. Mr. and Mrs. Byrnes’ legacy continues today in the lives of young people who proudly bear the designation Byrnes Scholars.

To be eligible for the James F. Byrnes Foundation Scholarship, a student must meet the following qualifications:

  • have one or both parents deceased
  • be a United States citizen and a South Carolina resident
  • have need of financial assistance to attend college
  • be a current senior in high school
  • have a satisfactory academic record
  • plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year college or university

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $3,500 award, renewable for a total of four years. Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Recipients have the following obligations to the James F. Byrnes Foundation. They must maintain a 2.0 GPA and send semester grades to the Foundation office after each semester is complete. Each year, recipients must participate in the following activities:

  • Byrnes Scholars’ Luncheon in Columbia on the second Saturday in June
  • Super Weekend in Garden City Beach, SC, the third weekend of March
  • Fall Dinner in his/her area held in October – dates to be determined

Super Weekend 2018

The Byrnes Foundation Super Weekend retreat was March 16-18 at Garden City Chapel and Retreat, Garden City Beach, S.C. Super Weekend begins with dinner Friday at 6:00 p.m. and concludes after lunch Sunday. The theme for 2018 was, “The Seventies”

2018 Byrnes Foundation Scholars Named

Pictured left to right are the 2018 James F. Byrnes Foundation Scholars:

The 2018 James F. Byrnes Scholars
  • Roman Vincent Holder, SC Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities, attending USC Columbia
  • Kayla Rochelle Sanders, Greenwood High School, attending Clemson University
  • Dawson Baker Green, Clinton High School, attending Clemson University
  • Hallie Alyssa Keisler, Batesburg-Leesville High School, attending Presbyterian College
  • Gabriel Zeke Galloway, Byrnes High School, attending Clemson University
  • Danielle Dantzler, SC Governor’s School for Science and Math, attending NC State University
  • Matthew Harrison Clary, Blthewood High School, attending Lees-McRae in North Carolina
  • Lauren Elizabeth Crocker, Lewisville High School, attending Clemson University
  • Mylea AoHua Airington, St. James High School, attending The College of Charleston
  • Houston Bryce Ford, Green Sea Floyds High School, attending Clemson University

Not present: Olivia Taylor Phillips, Colleton County High School, attending Winthrop University.

James Dowdy Jr., 2003 Scholar, delivered the keynote address.

Graduating Scholars Recognized

Pictured left to right are the 2014 James F. Byrnes Foundation Scholars graduating in 2018:

2014 James F. Byrnes Scholars graduating in 2018
  • Lauren Danielle Owens, Francis Marion University
  • Joseph Daniel Kovas, Presbyterian College
  • Martie Marie Hiott, Presbyterian College

Not present: Ni’Asia Angelese Daniels, Wofford; Allyson English Walters, Clemson University; Jamie Elizabeth Yarborough, 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.

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.

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The James F. Byrnes Foundation
Post Office Box 6781
Columbia, SC 29260-6781
Tel.: (803) 254-9325