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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Philanthropy, Private Grantmaking Foundations, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

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.

Community Stories

141 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

oehoneah.chs

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am Ehoneah Obed, a 3rd year Doctor of Pharmacy student at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. I remember vividly that day, when I got the message that I have been enrolled on the Educational Pathway International scholarship scheme, it was like seeing light after a long struggle through the tunnel of darkness. I joined this scholarship scheme in the 2015/2016 academic year in my second year, and what a relief it brought to me, taking me away from all those times when I used to go for lectures on empty stomach from 8:00am to 5:00pm and trust me it was quite difficult for me to concentrate in class those times. I can’t forget running from one friend to another just to ask for handouts and other study materials because I couldn’t afford to purchase some for myself. God being so good, through the aid of Mr and Mrs Lafrance, I can now boast of having my own laptop for studies, handouts and all other study materials and I surely enjoy a three square meal almost every day. Not only did this kind aid provided, help me concentrate on my dream of becoming a pharmacist but went a long way to help my parents to further my immediate younger brother’s education to the tertiary level and he is now in his 2nd year. Amidst all the difficulties I faced (my father suffering a severe stroke and my mother spending most of their savings on my father’s health), it was hard for me to envisage myself being able to continue my education but now because of the Educational Pathway International scholarship scheme, I can boast of the fact that the future is so bright for me. Another important thing worth mentioning about the Educational International Pathway family, is how concerned they are about every aspect of a beneficiary’s life, spending time with us, giving series of advices, educating us on important subjects which will groom us to become the future that we look up to and ensuring that everything is going on well with us. EPI is the best family in the world.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Education they say is the key to success. To help a person in need, it does not matter the number of times you give.But the best help the person need is for you to get him or her out of that need.Educational Pathways International (EPI) is a foundation that bring students from needy families out of their financial need and burdens,
Not only do EPI take you out of financial needs but also cater for the students holistically. I joined EPI family at University for Development Studies (UDS) 2016/2017 academic year.
My family is facing a financial difficulty and it made it difficult for me to enter into the university, when I was offered admission. And even when I was able to enter, at a point I thought I was going to drop out because things got really hard for me financially considering the high expenses. Just at the point of giving up on my dreams. There came EPI. EPI did not only lift up my financial burden but also restored the joy to stay in school and have my dream come to reality.
Infact the joy of having some one to cater for me while in school which I lost ever since I lost my father. EPI is an organization that brings hope to the hopeless. I do not know what to say anymore, God bless EPI, I will forever remain grateful.
Am Bio Eva Yeng, a third year Nursing student from university for development studies.I and the other beneficiaries say a very big thank you to supporters of EPI.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am Soku Yesutor, a student pursuing Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana. I am the first born of my family, 4 in number. I am an ambitious person, problem solver and risk taker with excellent leadership qualities. I however found it difficult paying my academic and accommodation fees due to financial challenges. Complicating this issues, the program I pursue is a new program in the country and therefore adequate resources are not available for effective knowledge acquisition. However, when I applied to Educational Pathways International (EPI) and was granted a scholarship, I can say of a truth, my story has changed for the good. They pay my academic fees and give me funds for my accommodation and purchase of academic materials among others. I am now holding the position of president in my faculty, which would not have possible without the EPI. This would not have been possible with any other scholarship scheme on my campus other than EPI.

Educational Pathways International Scholarship (EPI) is the best scholarship I have ever had the opportunity to enjoy. It is that scholarship scheme which seeks to look out for and help intellectually sound students who are socio-economically challenged with their pursuit of their higher education.

The EPI scholarship was founded by Sara Lafrance and her husband Leonard in 2005. Their mission was to look out for gifted young people in the developing countries to nurture them and contribute to the educational pursuit in life. They partnered three (3) universities in Ghana namely the University of Ghana - UG, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology – KNUST and the University of Development Studies - UDS. Since their partnering, gifted students have enjoyed from their scholarships to pursue their education, of which I am, and some even coming to the completion of their undergraduate studies.

The EPI like non other scholarship on the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology where I am, is an unparalleled scholarship. It is by far the best and only scholarship scheme that provides adequate support to the beneficiary student to cater for his/her academic fees, accommodation fees, purchase of academic materials and as well giving the student some funds to take of his/her day-to-day activities. Through the EPI I have had the peace of mind to study and acquire more knowledge that has propelled me on top of the academic ladder in my faculty.

The EPI is the only scholarship scheme where there is a strong rapport with the founders and their team as well as the beneficiaries compared to other scholarship schemes where the benefactor(s) only give support and hardly or never check-up on their beneficiaries. For instance, through the EPI, I have been able to attend a 3-day leadership workshop and also learn on public speaking, writing a curriculum vitae among many others, to improve upon myself. The EPI is simple the most amazing and the best.

EPI is the best scholarship I have seen and met. I am proud to be a part of the EPI family and thanks to the founders and their global team for their support.
Soku K. Yesutor
Student of DVM 5
KNUST

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

Educational Pathways International (EPI) is a unique scholarship opportunity that seeks to look out for and help intellectually sound students who are socio-economically challenged with the pursuit of their higher education.
The EPI scholarship was founded by Sara Lafrance and her husband Leonard Lafrance. Their mission is to look out for gifted young people from families of financial challenges in the developing countries to nurture them and contribute to the educational pursuit in their lives. They offer scholarships to students from University of Ghana (Legon), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and recently, the University of Development Studies (UDS). Since their partnering with these universities, gifted students have enjoyed full scholarships to pursue their education.
EPI like none other scholarship on the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology where I am, is an unparalleled scholarship. It is by far the best and only scholarship scheme that provides adequate support to beneficiary students to cater for their academic fees, accommodation fees, purchase of academic materials and as well as upkeep money to beneficiaries to take care of day-to-day activities and feeding.
EPI is the only scholarship scheme where there is a strong rapport with the founders and their team as well as the beneficiaries compared to other scholarship schemes where the benefactor(s) only give support and hardly or never check-up on their beneficiaries.
I am Soku K. Yesutor, a student pursuing Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) at KNUST. I always find it difficult in paying my academic and accommodation fees due to financial challenges. Complicating issues is that, the program I pursue is a new program in the country and therefore adequate resources are not available for effective knowledge acquisition in this program. However, when I applied to EPI and was granted a scholarship, I can say of a truth, my story has changed for the good. They pay my academic fees and give me funds for my accommodation and purchase of academic materials among others. This will not have been possible with any other scholarship scheme on my campus other than EPI.
EPI is the best scholarship I have seen and met. I am proud to be a part of EPI family and thanks to the founders and their global team for their support.

Yesutor K. Soku
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)

Mu-az

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am Ibrahim Mu-az, a Biotechnology and a Molecular Biology student at the University for Development Studies (UDS), Nyankpala campus. My career aspirations has always been to complete a Bsc in any biological science and continue on towards a PhD culminating into being a medical doctor. It is my hope that through future research my findings may one day lead to breakthroughs in modern medical practices. From the society I come from, this is only a dream.
When all hopes where almost lost on chasing my aspirations in my first year at UDS, then came a divine and timely blessings from the Almighty. In this my hopes were rekindled. The rays of these rekindled hopes led my vision to a brighter future leaving me no other option but to wish tomorrow was the future. What my society and I thought was a dream was made a set target I can achieve through determination, hard work and perseverance by this nonprofitable organization known as the Educational Pathways International (EPI).
EPI stands out amongst other scholarship organizations in that, beneficiaries are not just supported financially but also participate in internship programs that will equip us with practical knowledge and experience in our field of studies. I have personally noticed a boost in my self confidence level as a result of the socialization program organized by this generous organization.
As a member of this great family, I've learnt the value of giving back to the undeserved population in the society who when liberated could have contributed greatly in the nation's development yet are deprived from the self liberation of education. I'm proud to be a member of this great family.
Thanks to Miss Eunice Eghan and most especially Mr. and Mrs. Lafrance for such a wonderful opportunity given to brilliant but needy students.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Mohammed Amina, a 3rd year student of University for Development Studies,UDS, offering Bed Science education. I am from a family of eight. My dad is a mechanic and my mum is a trader. My dad is the caretaker of the family and yet sometimes financing the family becomes difficult.
After having gained admission into UDS, my parent could only afford to pay the admission fee but couldn't get enough money for my personal upkeep. Life became so difficult for me that I couldn't afford to buy some of my reading materials and other necessary materials needed for a successful completion of my course. After completion of level 100, uneasily though, my parents said they don't have money to help me continue, so the possibility of me deferring my course was at hand. But thanks to the timely intervention of EPI, i was rescued from this dilemma. EPI has influenced my life greatly and that of my family. I can now concentrate on my studies without thinking too much about financial issues. Thanks to EPI, I can now achieve my goal of becoming a teacher to help impart knowledge and to contribute to the development of lives of many people in Ghana.
Long live EPI . .

Sumaila Ali A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name Ali Sumaila, a level 300 Actuarial Science student at the University of Ghana. Educational Pathways International has taken care of my financial needs since the 2015/2016 academic year. I was at the verge of dropping out of school since I could not cover my tuition and boarding fees. I am very grateful to Educational Pathways International for their support for brilliant but needy students in Ghana. My dreams would have been completely shattered had it not been for EPI. Thanks to everyone who donates to make my tertiary education possible.

1 assay

Client Served

Rating: 4

Ase Seidu is my name. I am a second year BSc. Nursing student in the University for Development Studies (UDS). I joined the Educational Pathways International scholarship in the 2016/17 academic year, when all hope seemed to have lost. I am the fifth of the seven children for my parents, also first among my siblings to reach this level of education. My mother and only source of finance and support became a single parent in 2015, when my father eventually passed on. I lost all hope and had nobody and nowhere to turn to. Getting admission to read BSc. Nursing was a dream come true, but the obstacle then, was how to pay my tuition fee. I don't know how it happened (paying my tuition fee) but I call it a miracle that was passed through the angel of my life, 'my mother'. Life on campus wasn't easy but with perseverance, I contained the pressure. All this while, how to get a financial sponsorship (scholarship) became my prayer topic. Before the beginning of my second academic year, I was lucky to come across a notice of Educational Pathways International scholarship calling for applications and seized the opportunity to try my luck. After my application, I resorted to checking my mail and cell phone every now and then for updates of the application. The day finally came when I received a call to inform me that I had been shortlisted for an interview. On the D-day, we went through the interview in the early hours of the day and were asked to wait for the results. You could imagine the pressure. In no time, the panelist were through with their deliberations and the results were out. Luckily, I happened to be among the the lucky few chosen. I must be frank to confess that, I never followed any of the proceeding again, after the declaration of the results. All that filled my mind was thanks giving and gratitude to Mr. and Mrs Lafrance. Words cannot describe the kind of feeling I had. Joining the Educational Pathways International family has done me many good. It has relieved me and my family of the financial burden we faced. Life on campus has become so bearable that, I can only concentrate on my academics and nothing more. With the benefits I receive from Educational Pathways International, I can even support my younger siblings in their education too. Educational Pathways International has taught me to be a patriotic citizen, who can give back my services to my country and society when needed, and above all time consciousness. My family and I are forever grateful to Mr and Mrs Lafrance for this aid in my education. May God richly bless you in all your endeavours. I will also take this opportunity to make a plea to individuals and the corporate world to support Mr and Mrs Lafrance on this course .

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I would like to commence with commendations to Educational Pathways International for its philanthropic work to help unearth hidden potentials in needy, and brilliant students. I, Mohammed Mukhtar is no exception. I study Social Change Communication, a sui generis BSc. Course on Nyankpala campus in University for Development Studies.

Indeed, a unique educational benefactor, a good social interventionist, counsellor and above all, a caregiver to community work, is what I attest Educational Pathways International to be. To elaborate more in simple ways, Educational Pathways International not only provides financial assistance, but feeds, clothes, teaches, counsels, nurtures and still nurturing tertiary students from diverse educational roots. Educational Pathways International, on broader terms, has come to be not only a sponsorship programme but, a family unit of students which prepares Ghanaian students for the competitive job market. It does this through periodic internship, community work and counselling for their members. Also, since Educational pathways International's inception into the Ghanaian educational landscape, it borne and nurtured a competent and ready- made alumni for employee- seeking Organizations -be it public or private. I have no a whit of doubt that these Educational Pathways International graduates are overly patriotic and committed toward progressive development of Ghana. The Educational Pathways International inculcates that sense of belonging and patriotism in students by entering in a two -year stay or work in Ghana covenant with their progenies (members) before they are granted the scholarship. So, I think the benefits cut across from individual level to community development level and then to national at large.

On a personal level, I benefit a lot from this charitable programme, ranging from education excellence to integrating well into this sophisticated world. Many thanks to Educational Pathways International, I relieve my farming parents from huge workloads of paying my school fees, books, tuition, per diem, accomodation, clothing, and the listing goes on endlessly. Also, thanks to Educational Pathways International, I now own a personal laptop computer which facilitates my research work and serves as a tranquilizer to me, whenever I feel stressful and worn out. I believe in the byword “all work and no play makes jack the dull boy” - pastime (leisure) is equally important as work (study time).

In summation, I owe much indebtedness and pay back to the Educational Pathways International, because I can imagine how unimaginable my tertiary education would have been if I had no a saviour intervening to salvage my poverty-stricken educational career. I encourage the youth who are faced with difficulties in financing their education to look no further than Educational Pathways International, because Educational Pathways International is the last stop for needy,and brilliant student to grow. I sign out with this inspirational Latin expression for us student, “Aluta continua, Victoria ascerta", meaning the struggle continues, victory is certain.

From;
Mohammed Mukhtar, a second year student from the Faculty of Agribusiness and Communication Sciences.
Course; BSc. Social Change Communication.
School; University for Development Studies, Nyankpala Campus.
Ghana, West Africa.

1 Benedictus A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m glad to have this rare opportunity to share with the world how Educational Pathways International (EPI) is a blessing to my family and me. I come from a single parenting home where finance to feed was a problem for the family, not to talk of education. I took a leap of faith when I decided to come to the University, because there was no way I could have finished my four years course with my family’s meagre income.

In 2015, EPI came to my University (University for Development Studies), that marks the beginning of my songs of joy. I was among the five gifted students who were awarded a three years full Scholarship by EPI. This scholarship package includes: school fees, books allowance, stipend and accommodation fee. This means EPI has taken full responsibility of my financial needs without requesting for anything in return. This is a great relief to my family and myself since we don’t have to worry about my educational financial needs.

Aside the financial support EPI gave me, they have created a great and wonderful family for us (beneficiaries). Though we are from different campuses of the same University; offering different disciplines; different ethnic groups and religion, EPI has put all of us together to make a strong and harmonious family. This has taught me that the development of our country (Ghana) is only possible when we put our differences aside and focus on our common goal of making our country a better place. EPI also has a monthly seminar to provide extracurricular support for all beneficiaries, where we are taken through life-transforming topics like how to set and achieve goals.

Let me not mince words, being part of the Educational Pathways International (EPI) family is one of the best things that has happen to me. EPI has touch my life, brought relief to my family, possible transformation to my nation (Ghana) and an opportunity of change to the world. Kudos EPI. God bless!!!

Agbenyo Korku Benedictus
University for Development Studies
Faculty of Integrated Development Studies
Department of Economics and Entrepreneurship Development
Economics, Level 300
Wa
benevelent@gmail.com

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Majeed Abdul-Fatawu a third year Bsc. Actuarial Science student of the University for Development Studies (UDS).

My quest to achieving my academic and career goals and to make a positive impact on my family and the society was almost overshadowed with financial constraints. Being the first of five children to my parents who are peasant farmers, finance for my high school was always marked with tears of hardship.

After my high school, though with a qualification to pursue tertiary education, my gap years was far beyond two because of finance.
I finally made it to the university with the hope that Allah will provide for the remaining years. My tears of financial hardship began after first year when my source of finance was exhausted.

The scholarship offered me by the Educational Pathways International (EPI) has lessen the financial burden on me and my family. I now have a peaceful mind to concentrate on my studies.
It has been my financial aid and a source of career and moral support.
I am blessed to be part of this family.

Long Live EPI benefactors
Long Live EPI
Long Live EPI beneficiaries