Fla. (October 1, 2013) – Tallahassee Community College alumna Freda King has
won a LeRoy Collins Distinguished Alumni Award from the Association of Florida
Colleges. TCC nominated King for the statewide honor in the Against the Odds
category. The award will be presented at a gala dinner in Orlando on November
Thompson, development officer at the TCC Foundation, said that when she was
asked to recommend a nominee, King’s was the first name that came to mind—not
only because of her inspiring story, but also because she has used her
education to benefit others.
was struggling with addiction and poverty when she began to turn her life
around at age 36. The high school dropout earned her GED diploma and
associate’s degree at TCC and later graduated from Florida State University.
She is now a certified addiction specialist
and works for Disc Village in an educational and social service program for
inmates of the Leon County Jail. She also coordinates the Dress for Success
Going Places program, which helps women develop employability skills.
King is active as a volunteer as well,
leading group sessions on life skills and healthy relationships for inmates at
the federal women’s prison in Tallahassee. She also makes motivational speeches
to groups of youth and adults.
said that TCC played a vital role in her success. “I came to TCC unsure if I
could achieve college success. I left a woman with pride and determination,
believing that I could obtain my goals and reach success. TCC helped me become
the woman I am today, and I will be forever grateful.”
While working on her associate’s degree, King
received a scholarship through the TCC Foundation that allowed her to stay in
school. She graduated with a 3.5 grade point average, was student of the year
in 2003 and gave the commencement address at graduation.
Just before she graduated magna cum laude
from FSU in 2010, Freda’s soldier son Brandon was killed in Afghanistan. To
honor him, Freda and her family created the Brandon Michael King Scholarship to
help deserving students attend TCC.
“TCC is proud to call Freda King our own. She
has become a leader by giving back to her community,” said Jim Murdaugh, TCC
Channel 22 has produced a short video about King’s story to show during the
awards gala. The video may be viewed at http://youtu.be/gmmmazsGco8.
For information, contact the TCC Office of
Communications and Public Information at (850) 201-6049 or firstname.lastname@example.org.