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Educational Pathways International

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Address:

500 Fairview Blvd. Incline Village NV 89451 USA

Mission:

EPI recognizes, supports, and empowers gifted young people from families of need in the country of Ghana through a comprehensive university scholarship program, enabling them to develop their talents and make a positive difference in their home country.

Results:

EPI has benefited nearly one hundred students since its inception in 2007. To date, 100% of these remarkable individuals have met their scholastic milestones.

Target demographics:

Gifted high school graduates from families of great need in ghana

Direct beneficiaries per year:

60-70

Geographic areas served:

Ghana

Programs:

Educational Pathways International (EPI) provides university scholarships to Ghanaian student of the greatest financial need who can be considered ‘gifted’. The program also provides students with comprehensive counseling, guidance and support in the areas of academic performance, career development, language skills, and leadership.

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My name is Paul Kweku Gadri. I am a third year Human Biology student of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). After going through a highly competitive interview, I was selected to join the wonderful family of Educational Pathways International (EPI) in October 2015 and I am currently enjoying a full scholarship for the rest of the my university education.  

I was just one of  many medical students with chronic financial challenges and understandably pessimistic about my prospects in life.
Thanks to EPI, these problems are now behind me and I am motivated more than ever to study well and do my best while in school and even after school.

Not only does EPI provide for us financially but also, EPI monitor our progress in academics, health and extracurricular activities.
EPI has given us hope and instilled in us the spirit of altruism.

EPI is definitely healing the world and making it a better place for students with financial challenges and in fact other challenges.
For me, EPI is a five-star non-profit organization. I am happy and proud to be part of EPI Family. I recommend any award and encouragement be given to EPI for it selfless and dedicated efforts in the lives of the youth in Ghana. 

 
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I am Vincent Anohene Appiah. I am currently in my penultimate year in a six-year Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree programme at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), one of the best universities in Ghana, my home country, and in Africa at large. I have been afforded this whole opportunity for a bright future by the Educational Pathways International (EPI). EPI is such a great initiative. I have personally had an overwhelming support through almost five good years of medical school.
Five years ago, I could only dream of how to get through medical school due to financial constraints. But now I see my dream come true because of the financial aid, academic guidance, counselling and encouragement that I have received from EPI. In just a year and five months, I will be graduating from medical school, God-willing, poised to affect my community, my country and the world at large to help people just as EPI has helped me.
The whole of Educational Pathways International, Mrs. Sara Lafrance, Mr. Leonard Lafrance and Auntie Eunice Adjoa Eghan are truly God-given. EPI epitomizes a true non-profit.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

 
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The saying goes that " You don't know what you are missing until it comes to you!". This hasn't been the only platform I've used. I'm just overwhelmed by Educational Pathways International that I always want to show gratitude with my testimony to people and on platforms like this one. Being through education, in a developing country, with a financial burden is a very bitter pill to take. I, Vincent Appiah, have been greatly aided financially by the Educational Pathways International since I made it to the School of Medical Sciences of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology - Ghana to pursue Medicine. It is by far the best scholarship scheme in the university now, making provision for my fees, hostel facility, books and even personal upkeep as a student, as well as for several others like me in my university and the other public universities in Ghana. This nonprofit organization has seen me through when even my supporting parents had no means to meet all my financial needs in school and my Uncle got weary of the financial burden I was to him. I just thank my parents and my uncle for being always there for me. But for EPI, it all happened like a miracle in my life and as a beneficiary, the good role of EPI in my life cannot be overemphasized. Educational Pathways International is truly an outstanding Non-Profit.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Educational Pathway International cannot simply be defined by fathomable tenets of good will and sacrifices. In my opinion, they are Messiahs: little gods among mankind - abandoning their lives and illuminating the darkest crevices of near impossibilities battered with fear, suffering and hopelessness, is a sacrifice worth recommending.

I have heard about the good works of Educational Pathway International before I managed to master the courage to further my education at the tertiary level. Some of my friends have benefited from scholarship packages granted for free through the benevolence of the founders of Educational Pathway International.

My experience with Educational Pathway International has been overwhelming and full of blessing. I will do my best to summarize my points, in order to make it possible for people to learn about the positive impacts that this great non-profit organization is having on other beneficiaries.

When I completed Senior High School, I could only dream of University as an opportunity for a few fortunate individuals. I learnt also that obtaining the best grade do not guarantee that you are bound to make progress in life if you live in a remote village and descends from a humble home like mine.

In my community, education is nothing that people value. Well, I do not blame them much because the firm pillars of penury that weakly support the people is so brittle that the most poised individuals found themselves crashing to the hard. The more you aspire; the more painful your disappointment.

The youth who are able bodied are seen engaged in illegal gold mining since it provides the sole source of income in the perils of abject poverty, lack of job opportunities coupled with unqualified retinue of families who can survive on the provision of daily bread.

When I completed my basic school education, there was blur possibility that I will further my education. However, since I managed to obtain one of the best results in the national examination; there was a glimpse of hope. I was nominated for presidential awards but in the midst of competition with the privileged in Ghana is always tilted in favor to the rich. A painful lesson, I learn at age 12. I was, however, proven wrong by Mr. and Mrs. Lafranc, founders of Educational Pathway International when they offloaded my worries and fears in moment dire strait.

My desire to pursue higher education to change my destiny and that of my community kept me moving on. I managed to set a small business which I used to finance myself through my secondary education. By God's grace I obtain distinction. I could have done better if I was not exercising double sided life- a student in the morning and a casual worker in the afternoon.

It took me three years of working to accumulate enough funds to pay for my University admission fee. How I would survive after that, I had no idea. The thought of loosing my initial investment by failing to fend for myself in the coming years drained my hope and left me dejected.

I applied for sponsorship from Educational Pathway International. God being so good, I was awarded a full scholarship. I paid nothing in the application and I am not being charged to do anything to offset the favor.

I am most impressed about the fact I have the opportunity to buy most expensive medical books and I believe that I will improve my performance in my quest to become one of the best medical practitioners in the world.

My words to people who may read this and find themselves in either the same situation as mine or even worse must know this "giving up is not the solution; persevering is the only proof that you wanted to win".

Secondly, there are people with beautiful hearts that think about us; and have sleepless nights over the problems we are facing. They are angels- God's mortal hand granting the wishes of mankind, dissipating the worries of mankind and showing the light at the end of the tunnels of our lives.

Since I became associated with Educational Pathway International, I do not worry about how I will pay my fees and other educational needs. I am concentrated on my books and my future goals to assist others. I am saved to serve.

Educational Pathway International also organize occasional educational tutorials and counselling services. I always talk to the program coordinator in Ghana about my problems and she is so quick to address them. This is a rare opportunity because I hardly, have someone who cares to talk to. I am blessed to have such a family.

I am most intrigued about the sacrifices of the founders who are personally funding dozens of students with financial needs. When I went for my first general meeting with the founders, University officials and beneficiaries, I became overwhelmed by the large number of people that Educational Pathway International is paying their full educational needs. My prayer is that may the good Lord continually bless them and give them opportunity to expand their resources to support other students in Ghana and the rest of the world.

I read that, Educational Pathway International has spread it wings of Charity to another University in Ghana (UDS) which I am sincerely pleased about because dozens of possible future leaders who cannot make progress in their educational resolutions without the singular support of Educational Pathway International can realize their dreams.

"In the end we will not remember the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends" was the fear of Martin Luther King Jr. that he would receive no assistance. However, in my case, my friend, Educational Pathway International has roared so loud that noise of enemies of my progress have been silenced.

In the end the roar of our friend (EPI) echoed hope and life, putting to death the obstructions of failure.

Agyemang, Elvis Effah
Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery
University of Ghana Medical School, Ghana

 
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I wish to present this extremely positive review of the Educational Pathways International foundation. I am a Foundation Professor Emeritus of the University of Nevada in Reno, Nevada, and a Fulbright Senior Fellow. Thus, I am knowledgeable about university educational programs. In addition, I have lectured at numerous foreign universities around the world and participated on scientific advisory boards in the US and in two foreign countries. These activities have giving me a comprehensive insight into international university programs providing me the expertise to evaluate Educational Pathways International (EPI).
EPI was founded in 2007 to provide scholarships for gifted students of need in Ghana. Working with the Ghanaian universities, EPI selects and then supports their scholarship students with educational and living expenses as well as guidance and support in the areas of academic performance. To date, EPI has supported 64 students who have graduated from the University of Ghana or Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). Each of these students are now either completing their national service with a commercial, educational, or non-profit enterprise (a requirement for students in their first post-graduation year), actively working in a career position, or enrolled in a graduate program. Another 94 students are being supported by EPI and are working towards achieving their undergraduate degree. These numbers indicate the outstanding success realized by EPI and the positive impact of this nonprofit on university education in Ghana.
Furthermore, I had the opportunity to meet and hear a presentation by one of the graduates of this program; he was in the US for graduate studies. The sprit of EPI was endorsed by this student’s intent to return to Ghana with all the expertise he could gain while in the US. He told his audience that his goal was to contribute to the development of his country. I am impressed also by EPI’s objective to identify these gifted individuals who would otherwise not be able to afford a university education, and thus, would not achieve the potential to use their exceptional intellect to further the advancement of their country. It is my opinion that EPI should have the highest rating as a nonprofit international-education foundation. Respectfully submitted, Ardythe A. McCracken, PhD

 
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I am writing this review on behalf of the University for Development Studies, Tamale. This is the first year of our collaboration with EPI and our experiences are very positive, We had opportunity to gain scholarships for five of our undergraduate students in this academic year. EPI personnel were involved throughout the selection process, helping us with information on their earlier experience in Ghana, brochures etc. At the same time, they were also open to suggestions from our own end, as to how to conduct the entire selection process, so the final result was satisfactory for us all.

I hope that in the coming period we can continue and expand the collaboration. There are many worthy and deserving students who need help from organizations such as EPI within UDS. We especially like the emphasis of the EPI on live interviews, with interest in where the potential beneficiaries see themselves after the course of their study and how they intend to give back to their community and region. This has brought about some valuable insights to the quality of students and also added to our information on the type of education the applicants are receiving at UDS and the aspects of training the value most, such as Third Trimester Practical Training Programme.

I am looking forward to the next opportunity for meeting with EPI and more interactions and discussions on how to improve current practices and empower students financially as well as to build their own confidence and encourage creativity.

Prof. G. Kranjac-Berisavljevic
Director
UDSInternational
Office for Linkages and International Relationships of the
University for Development Studies, tamale, Ghana


 
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Hello Everyone!

I am Senaya Edem Kwasi, a fresh graduate from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana – Kumasi.
I would love to add my review to the numerous reviews that my colleagues have beautifully written about Educational Pathways International [EPI] on this platform.

I will do my best to be brief.

Let’s Get Started!

First of all, I am really excited to share my review on this platform because I wouldn’t be here da it not been EPI’s intervention.

After completion of high school, I had no intention of starting tertiary education immediately because of lack of funds. This is because I had to work myself through high school. But once I was done with high school and is eligible for tertiary education, the dream of attaining higher education reignited in me once again and I began the search for funds to continue my education by taking on any job that is available.

I applied to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and had admission to read Civil Engineering. I was very much excited when I had admission but that joy was short-lived due to the fact that I have no one to go to with my admission letter for sponsorship. It was one of the sad moments in my life due to the fact that, I will not be able to start my tertiary education even though I had admission.

I therefore decide to ask friends for money to pay my admission fee and start school. I did not know how I was going to continue after my first year since I was taking loans from my friends to pay my fee and I had to redeem those monies taken. I was in a difficulty situation at that time but I think my determination to attain higher education overrode my challenges so I gave myself to the challenge.

I took up the challenge with the few monies I was able to gather and paid my admission fee. I only got to campus and realized that unlike high school where I pay my fee and had accommodation and feeding in addition, the same does not apply to the University. This means that I have to look for money for accommodation and also funds for feeding the rest of the semester but I had nothing on me. I had to perch with a friend which was illegal according to the school’s rules and regulations. I had to speak with one of the hall masters who after listening to my story and how far I have struggled to this stage allowed me to perch with anyone that will allow me to be with them. I had to rely on my friends for my feeding, registration and stationary. Living was really tough for me at that time.

The saddest day of my life on KNUST campus was during matriculation. I cried that day. I cried because I was not able to take a matriculation picture. My friends were busily taking photos with their families. And I was standing alone.

After matriculation, I left campus for the house because I thought I could not make it. It really became difficult for me but I had to return to complete the battle I had started when I saw something on the school’s website that caught my attention.

I was on the school’s website when I saw an advertisement for a scholarship and I decided to give it a chance. It was Educational Pathways International.

This scholarship took away a burden that was too heavy for me to carry.

I was able to settle all my debts; all thanks to EPI.

I was able to attain a degree in Civil Engineering; all thanks to EPI.

I have learned a lot of things that will make me a better person in future due to the meetings and seminars that the coordinator has been organizing for all beneficiaries; all thanks to EPI.

I have developed the patriotic attitude of serving my nation Ghana; all thanks to EPI.

I have hopes of pursuing further education in future even though I do not know how I will be able to fund that; all thanks to EPI.

When my academics was going down Aunty Hanna, former EPI coordinator got me a personal assistant to help me boost my academic performance; all thanks to EPI.

The current EPI coordinator Aunty Eunice is a source of motivation and encouragement to me. When I look up to her, I feel like I can achieve all the impossible dreams that I have; all thanks to EPI.

In a nutshell, all that I am trying to say is that EPI has given a total transformation to my life and I will replicate all that I have learned from EPI to make life better for others in the future.

I am very grateful to the Lafrances for this wonderful opportunity and also very much grateful to Aunty Eunice for been there for me throughout my hard times on campus.

EPI as an organization has given me a brighter future.

Senaya Edem Kwasi
Civil Engineering
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Kumasi


 
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I am Miss Josephina Okang a beneficiary of Educational Pathways International Scholarship (EPI). Education is said to be the key to success and for me personally, EPI has given me that key to success. EPI provided all the financial issues that comes with education and gave me the peace of mind to study without worrying about financial problem. I thought that education was for people who are born with silver spoons in their mouths but EPI proved that perception wrong.

EPI has not only given me the key to success through the rich education I received from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology ( KNUST) but has also educated a nation through me. This is because James Aggrey once noted that when you educate a woman you have educated a whole nation. I believe the education that EPI has helped me acquired will not be for only my benefit but I will used that knowledge acquired to promote the well-being of my society and nation as a whole.

EPI did not only supported me financially but also monitor the progress of each beneficiary ensuring that academically we are doing well as well as matters concerning social, health and spiritual life of each member. This is done through organization of meetings, training sessions and socialization activities where all members participate vigorously in, discussing topics such as time management, setting goals which are realistic and achievable, writing of curriculum vitae and preparation for job interview and so many others. Indeed being part of EPI has made a great difference in my life.

For me EPI is not just a charitable body that helps needy and brilliant tertiary institution students in Ghana; it is a wonderful and marvelous family which I am honored to be part of. I am grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Lafrance and EPI as a whole for giving me a better life for the future.

Josephina Okang
Land Economy
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

 
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I am Ahiaklo-Kuz Raphael, a fresh graduate from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. I pursued BSc. Telecommunications Engineering. I was admitted into the Educational Pathways International (EPI) scholarship program during my third year, at a time when I was experiencing financial difficulties.


,This great honour relieved me and my parents from this burden and gave me the opportunity to study with a free, open and relaxed mind. It helped me to resolve issues pertaining to my accommodation, school fees and materials I needed in order to finish my programme successfully. It gave me the kind of environment every student deserves to have, a smooth academic experience.

Besides the financial assistance, EPI (the Lafrances, and Auntie Eunice, the National Coordinator) constantly checks on us, monitors our progress, and keeps advising us mostly on matters pertaining to our academic and social lives. These they did through emails, phone calls, and constant visits. These have all contributed to our success in the university and I am eternally grateful to EPI for the opportunity I was given.

Long live EPI!

 
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I agree perfectly with Jeffrey D. Sachs when he says that the key to ending extreme poverty is to enable the poor to get their foot on the ladder of development. The above statement to me is in line with Nelson Mandela’s famous quote “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.


To some people the statement ‘enabling the poor to get their foot on the ladder of development’ is a cliche, but to Educational Pathways International (EPI), it is all about giving brilliant and gifted students who are of low financial backgrounds the opportunity to further their education at the university level.


Among other students, EPI has for all my four-year stay at the University of Ghana campus paid my tuition and accommodation fees, books and living allowances. I always say that my academic excellence at the university was made possible by EPI. How could you get the peace of mind to study when you owe fees; when you have no place of accommodation on campus and above all being prevented from writing examinations due to unsettled fees?


Besides paying for my fees and other expenses, EPI goes the extra mile to ensure that its beneficiaries achieve greater academic excellence and are among the top graduating students each year. This it achieves by organizing counseling sessions for its students through their local trained Coordinator. The sessions discussed topics such as setting goals as a university student, effective time management, and prospects of developing volunteering attitudes among others.


As part of the scholarship programme, EPI during vacations places its students on internships and volunteering programs to put what they have learnt in the classroom into practice and solve societal problems. This has contributed significantly in our aim of bridging the gap between academia and industry.


Today, I have graduated with a BSc. in Administration (Accounting Option) and all these were made possible by EPI. Many thanks to EPI and may the Almighty God richly bless you. To the Lafrances (founders of EPI) and the rest of the EPI family who have made this possible, I say AYEKOOO!!!!!!!



Robert Adjei

BSc. Administration (Accounting Option)

University of Ghana

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Educational Pathways International presided by Mrs. Sara lafrance to me is a non-governmental organization that is destined to assist brilliant but needy students to sail smoothly through their tertiary education. The sponsorships provided by EPI to its beneficiaries cover tuition. textbooks and feeding expenses throughout their stay in any Public tertiary institution of thier choice in Ghana. This helps to lessen the burden on parents and help thse beneficiaries to fulfill their dreams which otherwise would have been impossible. What makes EPI unique and different from sponsorships provided by other non-profit organizations? Aside EPI providing sponsorships for we the beneficiaries, it also teaches us to render services and to give back to society anytime we get the opportunity. How does EPI achieve this? One of the requirements of this scholarship is for beneficiaries to engage in community services- teaching in schools in our communities, serving as role models to other students in our communities, among others, during our long vacations. EPI also makes sure that every beneficiary writes an official report of whatever he or she engaged in and these reports are thoroughly reviewed by the program coordinators to check for its authenticity. What's more? EPI also trains us and equip us with the skills needed to successfully serve on an internship program which is sponsored by the organization. Also, to ensure discipline and continuous handwork of the beneficiaries, EPI requires all beneficiaries to make a challenging grade point every semester throughout his or her stay in the university. This has helped me particularly a lot as it challenges me always to take my lessons seriously to make more than their required grade point. I really owe EPI a lot of appreciation and I humbly solicit your assistance to give this organization a standing ovation.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Educational Pathways International (EPI) is a true charity, created to enable the recipients of its scholarships improve themselves and, over the long term, improve their country.

EPI provides young, bright, hardworking Ghanaian students educational and financial support to attend university full time when it would otherwise be beyond their reach. As President
of the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC), I am very familiar with EPI. In addition to their support, in exchange for hard work and brilliant academic performances, EPI has
partnered with USAC to create a buddy system matching US students with EPI scholarship recipients. This relationship has proven beneficial for both organizations and creates a unique experience for both EPI scholars and USAC participants. The buddy system fulfills the EPI scholars’ community service requirement for their scholarship, and it also provides USAC participants with genuine cultural immersion. The Ghanaian culture relies heavily on relationships, and the Ghanaian students help USAC participants by welcoming them into their country and into their family and social circles.

Kudos to the officers of EPI. It is a good and pure thing they do for the improvement of humanity.

 
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