Twenty-two Area Students Receive J.L. Francis Scholarships

J.L. Francis Scholarship 2022

May 17, 2022


Twenty-two seniors throughout Mahoning County were recognized on Friday as the newest recipients of the J.L. Francis Scholarship.

The scholarship, which provides $1,000 to each of its recipients, was established in honor of Mr. Jeffery Francis in 2006. The award is presented to one student in each of Mahoning County’s public high schools, chartered Christian schools, one student from Ursuline High School, one from Cardinal Mooney High School, and one vocational student from the MCCTC and Youngstown Choffin. 

Each school selects 10 students to apply for the scholarship. Students who maintained a 3.0 GPA and demonstrated a commitment to their communities through volunteer service are eligible for consideration. Each student then must submit a career essay, a letter of reference, and an application to be considered for the award. 

The information submitted is then reviewed by the online application program and essays and letters are reviewed by the Teaching and Learning team members at the Educational Service Center of Eastern Ohio (ESCEO, formerly Mahoning County Educational Service Center). After a thorough review, one student from each eligible district is awarded the J.L. Francis Scholarship.

The Class of 2022 recipients of the J.L. Francis award include:

  • Alivia Franklin, Austintown Fitch High School
  • Arabella Malie, Boardman High School
  • Courtney King, Campbell Memorial High School
  • Jacqueline Palusak, Canfield High School
  • Jackson(Jack) Pepperney, Cardinal Mooney High School
  • Amer'ice Rodriguez, Chaney High School
  • Victwhon Nixon, Choffin CTC
  • Carson Dota, Columbiana High School
  • Lehana Leeper, East High School
  • Logan Sokol, Jackson-Milton High School
  • Emily Wilaj, Lowellville High School
  • Lindsey Knauf, Mahoning County CTC
  • Carmen D'Alesio, Poland Seminary High School
  • Devyn Reggi, Sebring High School
  • Quentin Pew, South Range High School
  • Anna Duraney, Springfield High School
  • Daniella Mendel, Struthers High School
  • Joseph Carlini, Ursuline High School
  • Hannah Arduini, Valley Christian Schools
  • Liana Gabrelcik, West Branch High School
  • Emmy McCracken, Western Reserve High School
  • Kaila Anderson, Youngstown Rayen Early College

The J.L. Francis Scholarship fund is part of the First Place Community Fund, which is a component of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley. The scholarship is named after Mr. Jeffery Francis, a banker who led the FFY Financial Corporation prior to its merging into the First Place Bank. He served First Place Bank and First Place Financial Corporation prior to his death in February 2005 from complications of Lou Gherig’s Disease. He was also an ardent supporter of Youngstown State University.

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