By: Chris Gros
July 26, 2014
Tallahassee, FL - Private First Class Brandon King was only 23 years old when he was killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2010.
Now four years later his family and friends are celebrating his life and doing so by honoring King through a scholarship in his name.
"I believe he's looking down and saying this is amazing. You know this is for me and my honor and to help someone else and one thing to be able to turn a tragedy into something positive is important," said King’s mother, Carolyn King.
The award is given to two TCC students where King studied. Over the course of four years more than $20,000 has been handed out. This year's winners are an 18 year old freshman and a U.S. Army veteran who graduated high school 24 years ago.
"I’m so grateful that there are such nice people in the world that can go through such a heartbreaking experience and they can grow," said scholarship winner Ian Burse.
"Even more so humbling we're talking about a family that has given the ultimate sacrifice in their son joining the military and giving his sacrifice so we can do what we do today," said U.S. Army veteran and scholarship winner Raymond Peterson
If you’d like to donate to the Brandon King foundation you can do so by visiting www.tcc.fl.edu/foundation.