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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.

2022 Recipient Trey Capps

Ryan Sneed, 1995 Scholar, presented the Jake Salley Alumni Service Award for 2022.

Trey Capps, left, 2010 Scholar, received the 2022 Jake Salley Alumni Service Award. Presentation of the award was made by Ryan Sneed, right, 1995 Scholar and 2019 Jake Salley Award recipient.

So, what is the picture we have of Jake Salley? He was loving, inspiring, and hardworking. He was devoted, unselfish, and willing to perform any task - but not for glory or recognition. He was a person who led by example and had an unwavering dedication to this Foundation.

This year's recipient embodies the temperament and personality of Jake Salley. This person is a quiet, dedicated scholar who does things behind the scenes and doesn't expect any recognition in return. During Super Weekend, he can usually be found talking to new scholars to make sure they feel welcome, participating in (not just watching) Beach Olympics, and helping with the Friday and Saturday night programs.

He is always willing to give a helping hand anywhere it is needed. He is very talented and often makes us laugh. This James F. Byrnes Scholar has expanded his own personal business to allow another scholar the opportunity to grow and expand in the music industry. Doing so has not only allowed our award recipient to pass on his professional knowledge, but to also deepen his relationship with this younger scholar.

Furthermore, our award recipient has provided his professional services, equipment, and skills at many Byrnes events, often without charge, just to brighten our events and make us smile.

This person willingly has gone without the finer things in life so that he might be in a position to give to others. This was noted this year at Super Weekend when one of our Seniors shared how our award recipient gave her a life-changing gift. Our award recipient has helped feed, clothe, and support many scholars over the years. And many who receive these gifts never know that he is the giver of such gifts.

He is a dedicated family man. He and his wife have opened their home and welcomed scholars and alumni for dinner and overnight stays. He often brings his Dad to Byrnes events, once again showing that the Byrnes Foundation is a true family and everyone is welcome.

The Jake Salley Alumni Service Award is given annually to someone whose life and contributions reflect those of Jake Salley - a loyal Byrnes Scholar, devoted family person, and someone who gave of himself. Trey Capps' life and contributions as listed above meet the high bar set by Jake Salley, and we are proud to name him as the newest recipient of this honorable award.  

Jake Salley Alumni Service Award Recipients

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

  • 2022 – Trey Capps, 2010 Scholar
  • 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

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