Jeff MacNelly Memorial Scholarship Award

The mission of the award is to teach critical thinking to students in Monroe County and further their art careers.

Jeff MacNelly was the Twentieth Century’s most critically acclaimed political cartoonist with three Pulitzers, and two Ruebens bestowed by his fellow cartoonist.  Jeff’s prodigious talent as an artist, cartoonist, sailor and collaborator graced this uncommon island for the ten years that he and his wife Susie lived here winters.

Jeff worked with children when he came to Key West for the winter. It is with the thought that his legacy can provide inspiration for the coming generations as it has for his colleagues that this scholarship is designed.


Jeff MacNelly Award Committee

Dave Barry has been writing for the Miami Herald since 1983 and won a Pulitzer Prize for journalistic commentary in 1988. He has written a number of short but harmful books, including “Babis and Other Hazards of Sex” and “Dave Barry Slept Here: A Sort of History of the United States.” He writes about life and all its funny complexities.

Mike Peters has been recognized as one of our nations most prominent cartoon artists for his outstanding work as both a political and comic strip cartoonist. He was awarded his Pulitzer in1981. His strip “Mother Goose & Grimm” has won awards since its inception in 1984.  His original editorial cartoons may be seen at The Gallery on Greene in Key West.

David Hume Kennerly was the White House photographer for President Gerald R. Ford.  His many achievements include the Pulitzer Prize for his Vietnam photography, first prize in the World Press Photo Contest for his coverage of Cambodia, and Overseas Press Club’s Olivier Rebbot Award for his inside story of the Reagan/Gorbachev Summit in Geneva.

Michael Edward Luckovich is an editorial cartoonist who has worked for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 1989. He is the 2005 winner of the Reuben, the National Cartoonists Society’s top award for cartoonist of the year, and is the recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes.

Lou Harris one of our most distinguished Key West residents of the Harris Poll fame, supplied the criteria.  Being Florida we wanted to get it right and Mr. Harris is surely the most noted expert in the world to avoid another Florida voting debacle .

Making a Donation

You may make an online donation on this page by clicking the button above. If you are making a donation by check, please send to the CFFK office, 300 Southard St., Suite 201, Key West, FL 33040. Note in the Memo field that this donation is for the Jeff MacNelly Memorial Scholarship Award.

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If you are interested in leaving a legacy gift to the Jeff MacNelly Memorial Scholarship Award through your will or estate plan, please contact CFFK at (305) 292-1502 or email here.

Thank you for your generosity.


About Your Community Foundation

The Community Foundation of the Florida Keys manages over 160 funds and endowments throughout the Keys and is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit (EIN #65-0648968). Since 1996, the Community Foundation has been helping individuals and families leave a legacy in the Keys by inspiring giving and by investing in people and solutions to benefit every resident from Key Largo to Key West. Over $32 million in grants have been made to student scholarships, arts and culture, beautification and preservation of the Keys, health and human services, hurricane relief, and youth programs. The Community Foundation, In Paradise For Good, celebrated its 25th year in 2021. CFFK is known for its signature “Unsung Heroes” event which honors nonprofit volunteers. For more information, call (305) 292-1502 or click here.

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