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Educational Pathways International

Rating: 4.89 stars   85 reviews 1,969

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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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Rating: 5 stars  

I am very grateful to be a beneficiary of Educational Pathways International (EPI) scholarship scheme. I appreciate the financial aid I am receiving from the EPI. The scholarship is helping me greatly. It has relieved me from worrying about paying for my accommoduation, my school fees, books and I also my upkeep money.

Awarding me the scholarship enabled me to concentrate on my education. I am getting closer to my dream. I believe my dream of becoming an Economist will come to realization. Having been awarded EPI scholarship in 2013, I have realized that EPI is more of a family than a scholarship scheme. As a family the welfare of every member (beneficiary) is at heart. EPI goes the extra mile to give you a better future. Apart from the financial support, I also receive training in areas such as Time Management, Career Development, Goal Setting, Entrepreneurship, among others.

According to Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United State of America "an investment in education pays the best dividend". It is one of the best investment a country can make in its citizens, a father can give to his children and it is critical in reducing poverty and inequality in all forms. If all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading and arithmetic skills about 171 million could be lifted out of poverty. Why is this so? Because education gives people critical skills and tools to help them better provide for themselves, their family and society. What other investment is better than giving tertiary education to the youth? Giving education to the less privileged is exactly what the EPI does. It identifies the brightest from family of great needs and offer them tertiary education. Education has the power to break poverty cycle, kill illiteracy and ignorance. EPI gives us that power.

EPI is the family everyone should look up to. It is the pacesetter in lifting the youth of Ghana from ignorance and illiteracy. Knowledge is power and it is life transforming. I doff my hat to Mr. .Leonard Lafrance, Mrs. Sarah Lafrance , our Country Coordinator and EPI in general for their great work.

I strongly recommend EPI to any donor and any brilliant student ready to continue his/her education to the tertiary level. I am highly honoured to be a member of this family. Thanks for coming to my aid when I was in financial crisis. God bless you.

DANIEL AFENYA
University of Ghana, Legon
BA. Economics and Statistics.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am Isaac Newton Nugbemado, a second year BSc Herbal Medicine student at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. I am a beneficiary of the Educational Pathways International(EPI) Scholarship Program.
I came to the university with much anxiety about how my educational expenses were going to be met. Thanks to EPI who came to my aid and offered me financial assistance to cater for all the expenses related to my studies on campus.
I am grateful to EPI for the supporting environment provided us in the EPI family. I have met many wonderful friends who are an inspiration to me,both in my studies and in my personal life.
We also have here a lovely coordinator, Auntie Eunice, who provides us with guidance and counseling and motivates us to aspire higher.
Personally, I am fascinated by the great sacrifice Mr and Mrs Lafrance and EPI are making on our behalf. This has greatly motivated me to strive for excellence so I could also give back to my community.
Thanks to you Mr and Mrs Lafrance and may EPI grow from strength to strength.

Isaac Newton Nugbemado
Department of Herbal Medicine
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

 
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I am Cosmos Agyei, a graduate nurse from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). I almost loosed my dream of becoming a Nurse to a farmer because the burden of tuition was really great. I can undoubtedly allude Educational Pathways International (EPI) to Christ saying ‘’come all ye that are heavy-laden and I will give rest’’. EPI came to my aid and gave me a reason to focus on reaching my goals. The most cherished thing EPI did for me was that she added me to a family – a family that encourages you to move on, supports you to move ahead and admonishes you when you go wrong. EPI is just a family.
I have now graduated successfully to become a useful Nurse to my community and nation. Like I always dreamed to do. I can now go on outreaches to teach the preventive aspects of health. With good communication skills I am now able to assist and get closer to my patients in order to help them deal with the psychological aspects of health which has been overlooked. I have become a Nurse with a difference and I owe it much to the family that nurtured and supported me—EPI.
A big thanks to Mrs. Sara Lafrance, Mr. Leonard Lafrance, Miss Hannah and Auntie Eunice Adjoa Eghan who have been the pillars of our family. EPI DESERVES THE BEST.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am Agyei Appiah Cosmos, a student of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and a beneficiary of Educational Pathways International's scholarship program.
I had always wanted to be a health professional in order to educate and help the people in my community. It took a scholarship for me to even go through Senior High School. Getting admission into the university to persue BSc. Nursing was my 'dream come true'. This also took the contribution of family members and friends to pay my admission fee. Been optimistic to go through the nursing course, I resorted to farming while studying and I began to decline from my academic ladder. Thanks to the advertisement at the KNUST website I applied for the opportunity to join the EPI family. Thanks to God I was granted the opportunity and I have the best 'class' now.
Thank you Educational Pathways International(EPI)

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would advertise its good work in a very special way and ask various donors to join hands with this 'family' in order to push forward its good work.

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?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Rashidatu Bassabi. I am a third year Bsc.Administration student (majoring in Banking and Finance) at the University of Ghana Business School.
After my senior high education, I had to do menial jobs but however, none of the jobs paid well and my aim of saving for university education was not realised. I thought my dreams of furthering my education was not going to happen until I met Educational Pathways International (EPI) when I got admission into the University of Ghana.
Since I got this privilege, my life has been changed. I am now able to focus on my academics and on building a secured future for myself and my family. My parents do not have to be burdened with my fees, books, accommodation and feeding costs since it is all covered by my scholarship from EPI.
With the counselling, personal development training and internship opportunities being provided by EPI, it has been a great blessing to me not just financially. EPI is truly a holistic scholarship scheme that transforms the lives and destinies of its beneficiaries. EPI is worth recommending for its dedicated and selfless support to the youth of Ghana. Thanks to Mr and Mrs Lafrance, our country coordinator and the sponsors of the EPI program. God bless you.

 
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Emmanuel Avorkliya is my name. I was a beneficiary of EPI scholarship
from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. EPI gives
financial support to brilliant but needy students in our tertiary
institutions. Being part this family helped me to be more goal
oriented to accomplish my academic success through their assistance.

Thanks to Mr and Mrs Lafrance, today am a Registered General Nurse.
Even after school, the alumni group of EPI keeps the family together
and ideas are shared regarding how to impact our various communities
in which we find ourselves as this is a core value of EPI. Also,
diverse avenues are provided to help members develop their potentials
and contribute to the progress of the society.

I am very glad and proud as a member of this group not simply because
of their assistance but more importantly the care and concern shown to
the members to ensure their progress and thereby benefiting the
society as a whole.

Long live EPI...

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am Francis Aheto, a second year Bsc. Food Science and Technology student of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). I am a proud beneficiary of Educational Pathways International (EPI) Scholarship Program. If there is a photo next to the definition of "non-profit" in the dictionary, it should probably be the logo of EPI.
With the financial aid, academic guidance, counselling and encouragement that I receive from EPI, I am definitely being positioned on the pathway of achieving my academic and professional prospects.
EPI is more than a charitable organisation that just gives out money to its beneficiaries. EPI goes the extra mile by bonding the beneficiaries together as one family, build their capacity, refines them mentally, and share in the vision of such fortunate ones like myself to make us empowered enough to contribute to national progress.
I agree with Aristotle when he says, “To give away money is an easy
matter ... and in any man's power.
But to decide to whom to give it,
and how large and when, for what
purpose and how, is neither in
every man's power nor an easy
matter. Hence it is that such
excellence is rare, praiseworthy and
noble."
I am extremely grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Lafrance and Auntie Eunice for choosing me as part of the EPI family, giving me hope for a better future.

Francis Aheto,
Undergraduate Student.
Department of Food Science and Technology,
KNUST- Kumasi

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My name is Kingsley Etornam Anku. I hold a bachelor degree in Petrochemical Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) thanks to Educational Pathways International (EPI) whose scholarship funds contributed in an immense way in my educational journey. Thanks so much Mr. and Mrs. Lafrance.

Aside the financial benefits (not having to worry about when I will pay my fees, hostel accommodation, books, upkeep money and how I’m going to survive on campus) that I enjoyed, EPI offered me the platform to meet inspiring minds (that have increased the numbers in my social circle) who have been family to me and not just a group of beneficiaries.

As if that wasn’t enough, EPI offered me the chance to give back to community. We undertake voluntary teaching in less endowed school, thereby contributing to national development. Now we just don’t stop there, we also aid children of other communities, thereby cultivating the spirit of giving in us.

I am now a proud member of EPI Alumni. And what excites me most about EPI is that, it has structures that bring the alumni together to share ideas, experiences and opportunities that ensures a long term solidarity.

I am forever grateful for the value EPI has added to my life. I had EPI by my side and today I am this confident, kind and wonderful gentleman contributing to nation building. ALAS, I AM AN ENGINEER. Dreams come true with EPI. God bless EPI and make it great and strong.

 
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I am Tengue Komlan Emmanuel a third year student reading BSc. Administration (Accounting option) at the University of Ghana Business School. I am privileged to be a beneficiary of Educational Pathways International (EPI) scholarship program.

When I was admitted to the university, I was very excited because my dream of pursuing tertiary education was at hand but one thing that made me worried was how to finance my university education. Fortunately, EPI came to my aid and I can confidently say I no longer worry about finances which has allowed me to fully focus on my studies and graduate with a good class. Indeed, EPI has made my educational pursuit a possibility.

EPI has not only offered me financial assistance but also, EPI has established a system that offers me numerous benefits that are non-existent with almost all the other scholarship schemes available to students at the University of Ghana.

EPI has an organizational framework that captures its beneficiaries needs and properly addresses them. EPI is the only scholarship scheme on my campus that has its own office with a formidable Coordinator (Auntie Eunice) that administers the affairs of the scheme for the welfare of its beneficiaries. The Coordinator guides, counsels and directs us (beneficiaries) to excel academically and morally and also train us with skills and information that we will need in the working world, and most importantly, she makes sure our funds are released to us on time.

EPI inspires me to learn harder by awarding beneficiaries who excel in their fields of study. To me, EPI is a family that brings the beneficiaries together to share opportunities and experiences. This has created a strong family bond among the beneficiaries and the benefactors. What excites me most about EPI is that; it has structures that bring the alumni together to share ideas, experiences and opportunities that ensures a long term solidarity.

Last but not the least, EPI makes sure its beneficiaries undertake internships during vacations which has helped me to develop new skills, gain confidence in my abilities and also network. 
I am living a comfortable life on campus thanks to EPI for its financial support, guidance and counselling. EPI has made my academic goal a reality. I recommend EPI for its selfless support in changing the lives of numerous youth in Ghana.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase the number of beneficiaries

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?

2016

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am Michael Agyemang Obeng, a beneficiary of Educational Pathways International (EPI) scholarship program, and a third year student of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), one of the best universities in Ghana. I am reading BSc. Medical Laboratory Technology.
EPI has taken away the burden of thinking of how to pay my school fees, how to get money for securing an accommodation, money to feed myself, acquiring books to study and many more. Added to the financial aid are the benefits I have derived from the seminars, internships and mentorship programs - all because of EPI. I have personally benefited more than I anticipated - EPI is really helping me in nurturing my dreams and bringing them into fruition.
Furthermore, I enjoy our meetings usually organized by the local Coordinator, Auntie Eunice Adjoa Eghan. Auntie Eunice (as she is affectionately called by EPI beneficiaries), has helped me immensely. Due to the demanding nature of my program of study and lack of proper planning on my part, I began retrogressing academically and this caused me extreme emotional and psychological distress. Auntie Eunice was quick to help me when she noticed that fall in my academic performance. There I received encouragement, academic guidance and counseling which was very effective, and this has helped me improved in my academics. In a nutshell, I want to emphasize that it is only with EPI that such help could be gotten.
EPI has given me the opportunity to meet and network with other eminent beneficiaries of this scholarship. As a matter of fact, there is an impressive difference in the benefit one gets with EPI which cannot be gotten with other charitable organizations in education. I will say that the EPI program has modified my expectation for the future; now I have a burning and insatiable desire to give back to society to the best of my ability.
To me EPI is not just a charitable organization that takes care of the education of brilliant but needy students but a fabulous and a fantastic family. Indeed EPI has proved to be more than a boon companion. I am grateful to Mrs. Sara Lafrance, Mr. Leonard Lafrance, Auntie Eunice Adjoa Eghan and all who have contributed to the success of this scholarship program.

Michael Agyemang Obeng,
BSc. Medical Laboratory Technology,
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

 
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I am Prince Ofori, a 3rd year student of University of Ghana (Legon) reading BSc. Administration (Accounting option) and a beneficiary of Educational Pathways International (EPI) Scholarship Program.
Having been a beneficiary since my first year at the university, EPI has been of great help to me and my family. The scholarship pays my fees (both residential and academics fees) and provides me with much money for my up-keep, books and any other educational expense. This has really been of great relieve to my family especially my mum.
EPI does not only see to our financial need in education but it also gives us talks and training with regards to our social life, academics, skills in goal setting, managing our time and how to relate well with others and others training that will help us whiles in school and after our school. This, about EPI gives us a holistic package preparing us for real life issues and the job world. Thus EPI is a mother and a family to us the beneficiaries.
The meetings our coordinator organizes for us bring us together creating a strong bond and connection among us the beneficiaries. I must say I love the love we share very much! I don’t know of the other scholarship programs in the University of Ghana, but with EPI I will say it is one of a kind!
My family and I are forever grateful to EPI for the love and care. It is also my fervent prayer that God will continually bless Mr. & Mrs. Lafrance (our sponsors), Auntie Eunice our Coordinator and EPI in general for their support to students who were in need like myself.
God bless Mr. & Mrs. Lafrance. And I recommend EPI for any award that are given to non-governmental organizations who are dedicated to helping and changing the lives of the youth in Ghana.

 
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