CFK students smile on the stage of Sloppy Joe’s after receiving scholarships, totaling $21,000, from the Hemingway Look-Alike Society. 

Hemingway Look-Alikes Give Scholarships to CFK Students

KEY WEST, FL, August 1, 2022— The “Papas” of the Hemingway Look-Alike Society (HLAS) kicked-off the festivities of the famous Hemingway Look-Alike Contest by presenting $21,000 in scholarships to students attending The College of the Florida Keys (CFK) on the stage of Sloppy Joe’s on July 21. “Papa” Stephen Terry awarded six scholarships for literary talent and six scholarships to nursing students. They also presented the Kermit “Shine” Forbes Scholarship, named for Hemingway’s boxing sparring partner, to two CFK-bound Key West High School graduates.

The Hemingway Look-Alike Society established the CFK scholarship 23 years ago with the purpose of encouraging education and literary talent in the community where the legendary writer called home in the 1930s and produced some of his most enduring literary works. The scholarship was later opened up to nursing students. To date, they have awarded approximately 300 scholarships and built an endowment to fund future scholarships for many years to come.

Throughout the year, the “Papas” and “Mamas” collect donations and fundraise at various events held during the Hemingway Days celebration to support the group’s ongoing philanthropic commitment to CFK students.

For more information about CFK and its scholarship opportunities, visit the College’s website at and for more information about how to give to the CFK Foundation, contact Dr. Frank Wood, CFK Vice President of Advancement and Foundation Executive Director, at 305-809-3287.

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