KEY WEST, FL, July 28, 2023— The “Papas” of the Hemingway Look-Alike Society (HLAS) kicked-off the festivities of the famous Hemingway Look-Alike Contest by presenting $19,500 in scholarships to students attending The College of the Florida Keys (CFK) on the stage of Sloppy Joe’s on July 20. “Papa 2013” Stephen Terry and “Papa 2016” David Hemingway awarded four scholarships for literary talent and seven scholarships for nursing students. They also presented two new scholarships for the first time—one for a first responder and one for a veteran. 

The HLAS established the CFK scholarship 24 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 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 Lana Gaspari, CFK Vice President of Advancement and CFK Foundation Executive Director, at or 305-809-3214