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Fourth annual Brandon M. King Scholarship fundraiser set for July 26

​TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (July 23, 2014) – The family of Pfc. Brandon Michael King will hold its fourth annual scholarship fundraiser Saturday, July 26, from 4 to 8 p.m. at The Blairstone at Governor’s Square Apartments, located at 501 Blairstone Road.

King was killed on July 14, 2010, during an attack by enemy forces at Combat Outpost Nolan, located in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

The fundraiser supports the Tallahassee Community College scholarship named in his honor. The King family has raised more than $20,000 in scholarship monies over the past three years.

The family is awarding two scholarships this year. The first recipient, Ian Burse, graduated from Wakulla High School with a 3.85 GPA. Raised along with his older brother by a single mother and teacher of almost 30 years, Burse plans to earn his Associate in Arts degree from TCC and transfer to FSU to pursue either environmental science or television production.

The second recipient, Raymond Peterson, served in the U.S. Army and is the sole provider for his daughter, who attends TCC along with him. Peterson is pursuing a degree in nursing in order to continue serving others.

Pfc. King’s mother, TCC alumna Freda King, established the scholarship in 2010 shortly after her son’s death. Freda won a LeRoy Collins Distinguished Alumni Award from the Association of Florida Colleges last year.

The King family fundraiser will take place in the clubhouse at the Blairstone at Governor’s Square complex. Those unable to attend the fundraiser can also make donations online at or by mailing a check to the TCC Foundation at 444 Appleyard Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32304 and remembering to designate the donation to the Brandon M. King Memorial Scholarship fund.
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