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Educational Pathways International

Rating: 4.88 stars   66 reviews 1,584

Nonprofit Issues:

Education, Philanthropy

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 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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I am Mrs. Sandra Araba Fosu, the Assistant Registrar, in charge of the Students Financial Services Office of KNUST, at Kumasi in Ghana. It is the mandate of the office to explore and solicit for funds for the needy but brilliant students of the university, thus coming into contact with different donors. EPI happens to be one of them.
For the past seven years that EPI has been on the KNUST campus, I can assess them as being organized, consistent and reliable. The benefits EPI gives to her beneficiaries on campus here is more appreciable as compared to others and this covers up all their educational and living expenses.
On behalf of the university, I wish to express my profound gratitude to EPI for her charitable assistance towards our brilliant but needy students, putting smiles on their faces and helping those who would have found it difficult to pass through the university.

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Undoubtedly the best charity out there supporting the education of young bright and needy students in Ghana. Mr. & Mrs. Lafrance, the founders of EPI, have a heart of gold. I am a beneficiary of their scholarship scheme and all I can say is thank you for giving me a second shot at success. I now stand a better chance to impact my world! EPI in summary, gives young bright students hope and a chance to dream again! I recommend EPI to any awarding organisation or body. They rock!

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

Make no changes! They simply rock!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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I am a beneficiary of Educational Pathways International's (EPI) generosity and great work in Ghana and can only say positive things about them! I am a final year business administration student in Ghana's high flying University Ashesi College and this was made possible through the help and support of EPI. I got awarded this scholarship at the beginning of my second year and it has been an amazing journey with them through out. EPI covers my tuition and accommodation and this support has contributed enormously to the great things I have achieved in school. It has given me the second chance to excel in life by becoming the young rising African star that I am. I have been able to participate in Model UN programs, which included the World Model UN conference held in Boston in 2010. I also interned with Goldman Sachs in the UK, during the 2012 Spring Internship Program and got offered a place in their summer 2013 Internship program. Furthermore, got selected to attend the annual WISE Summits held in Doha Qatar for two conservative years, firstly as a learner and then a mentor and speaker in the second year. Additionally, I served students in the capacity of the Ashesi Student Cpuncil Welfare Chairperson in my second and third year. During my tenure in office, some of the things I did included organizing the second annual talent show dubbed Kaleidoscope, which raised funds to support students. I also sat on the board who disbursed some of these funds (from the Student Scholarship fund, set up by an Ashesi Student and managed by students) to two students to cover their tuition by $1000 each during the 2011-2012 academic year. All of these milestones would not have been possible/realized, without the assistance of EPI. They also have an office here in Ghana which serves as a great support center for beneficiaries of their scholarship program and this is just amazing. Another exciting part of the program, which is worth mentioning is the fact that Sara and Leonard Lafrance; the leadership of the program, embark on annual visits to Ghana every year to get updated and track the progress of students on the program. This demonstrates their dedication to the program and commitment to the students they support; a testament of true leadership! Just as I mentioned in my introduction, I can only but praise this nonprofit for all the outstanding work they are doing with students in Ghana, spanning Ashesi University College, Unvieristy of Ghana Legon and Kwame Nkrumah Univeristy of Science and Technology KNUST, to mention a few. This nonprofit is certainly worth noticing and I am grateful for all their suppport!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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It is with utmost delight I write this review about Educational Pathways International. EPI was the haven I ran to when I needed financial assistance for the completion of my university education. Although I expected to recieve financial assistance only, EPI gave me more than that; It gave me a family I could walk to when I felt lonely, counselling when I needed guidance and training when the need arose.
Currently I am a final year student of University of Ghana and I owe this laurelto Educational Pathways International. EPI gave me a reason to believe in myself and my dreams. EPI also thaught me confidence, perseverance and respect for all humans. They gave me another chance to trust my life goals.
I am so grateful EPI for your enormous help, I pray and hope others also benefit from your philanthropy.

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2015

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Discovering EPI has being like jumping into an oasis of life. I am yet to come across any non-profit which genuinely pursues its social interventions with the passion which EPI does.

I am so proud of EPI and I feel really privileged to be part of the numerous lives that EPI has impacted here in Ghana. Words cannot help me communicate my sense of gratitude the way I feel it.
EPI does not do its things like any ordinary scholarship foundation. It seeks to develop its beneficiaries in every aspect of their lives in order to produce all rounded individuals who will be able to make real life impact in their communities.

I strongly recommend EPI to any institutions that promotes the interest of non-profits. If there’s anything that will help EPI get more recognised and earn the support of many donors, I strongly recommend EPI.
I will love to continue to see such a great non-profit grow and transform more lives right before my eyes. Long live EPI! Long live the Lafrances!

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I cannot overstate how immensely EPI has helped me in my personal and academic life. At the he end of my first year stay at the university, my world came tumbling down. I had not the smallest amount of hope of where to get funding for be remaining three years of study.
But when I had the rare opportunity to join the EPI family, all I concentrate on now, is when to study and how.
My life has undergone a great transformation under EPI’s scholarship program. Thanks to the Lafrances, I smile and to the future with boldness and confidence.
The ever-growing EPI family continues to transform lives beyond national borders and skin color.

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

I would strengthen the finance base of the organization.

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?

2013

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Reliable. That is how I would describe Educational Pathways International, EPI. EPI was there for me when I needed help financing my education at the university of Ghana business school. EPI provided for me financially in all areas of my education, the Lafrances basically took an interest in my wellbeing. Educational Pathways International has been an umbrella to shelter me from some major storms in my life, and a rock i can lean on.

The scholarship enabled me to stay comfortably in school and concentrate on gaining knowledge to better the world around me. I also gained a new set of friends who were always there for me. I remember when the programme coordinator during my time in school would call me and my friends, also on the scheme, to teach us some valuable life skills not taught in the classroom. She would also speak to me about relationships, ask about my family and put her romantic novels at my disposal.

I felt that Sara and Leonard Lafrance believed in me and expected great and admirable things from me; it was one of my greatest sources of motivation. It made me gain confidence in myself and my abilities and, opened my eyes to the great things I could do for myself and the people around me. I still feel same.

It has been two years since I completed my undergraduate degree in Banking and Finance, but EPI still has an interest in my life. The EPI family shared in my joy when I secured a position in a reputable bank in the country after my graduation, and continue to do so as I climb the corporate ladder and transform into a matured and wise woman. I believe that EPI will be with me in every step of the way, in all areas of my life cheering me on and supporting me.

I gained a new family when I went looking for financial assistance. EPI is family.

I strongly recommend EPI to any awarding organization; EPI and the Lafrances are a gift to mankind.

Sophia Acquah

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EPI is a beautiful family that has rekindle my hope of completing my tertiary education. This well structured organisation offers not only financial support to her members but also engages her beneficiaries in activities that fosters good interpersonal relationship. Ever since I joined EPI, apart from not having to struggle to settle my school fees, I have also gained in areas such as, goal setting skills, career guidance and communication skills. I have found a family away from home comprising peers who are vibrant and enthusiastic in all regards. Thanks to Mr. and Mrs Lafrance and her supportive Benefactores and Benefactresses for choosing to assist my brothers and sisters.

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