The FKCC Foundation hosted its third annual Scholarship Social on Sept. 24 in the Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Center on the Key West Campus.  The event brought together nearly 100 scholarship recipients with the generous individuals and organizations that support their awards.  The FKCC Foundation, which cultivates funds through private donors, community organizations, and public agencies, is set to distribute approximately $160,000 in scholarships this year alone.

A cross-section of students shared personal stories about the life-changing opportunities that FKCC Foundation scholarships have provided them.

“I am both honored and humbled that I was selected to receive scholarships this year,” said Lauryn Parra, who returned to her hometown of Key West to pursue a nursing degree at FKCC after experiencing the financial burden of attending a large university.  Parra earned three scholarships: the Rotary Club of Key West-Edward B. Knight Scholarship, a Hemingway Look-Alike Society Scholarship, and a Blue Cross-Blue Shield Nursing Scholarship.

“Moving back home was one of the best decisions I could have made.  My professors genuinely care about me. They take the time to get to know their students and their needs to make sure they are getting the best education possible.  You don’t always get that in a class of 200 to 1,500 students at a major university,” added Parra.

Scholarship opportunities for the spring semester will be made available in October.  FKCC students will be able to apply online at

For more information about supporting FKCC students or programs, contact Dr. Frank Wood, FKCC Vice President of Advancement and the Executive Director of the FKCC Foundation, at 305-809-3287 or

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