Braxton Madison was the recipient of the J.L. Francis Scholarship, First Place Community Fund for Canfield High School. He is among twenty-two students, one from each public high school in Mahoning County, as well as Choffin Career Center, Ursuline and Cardinal Mooney, to received a $500 college scholarships. These individuals were honored for their dedication to service while maintaining a high level of achievement in their high school studies.
The J.L. Francis Scholarship was established during the 2005-06 academic school year for schools in Mahoning County by the First Place Bank and the First Place Bank Community Foundation. Before his death in 2005 from ALS, Jeffery L. Francis served as Chief Operating Officer of First Place Bank and the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the First Place Financial Corporation. His hard work and dedication inspired the creation of this scholarship. In 2014, the First Place Community Foundation fund was transferred to the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley which maintains a 50 year tradition of supporting continued education.