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Educational Pathways International

Rating: 4.89 stars   79 reviews 1,904

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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: 4 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Eric Worlawoe Gaba is my name. A BIOMEDICAL ENGINEER with specialty in biomechanics, Prosthetic and Orthotics technology. I am an EPI scholar. I joined this phenomenal family 4 years ago in Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology .
Aside the enormous financial support given me, EPI for the past years, has coached me in areas of interpersonal skills and how to set realistic goals and achieve them. EPI, as a family, has also offered me the opportunity to meet and establish good relationships with peers from diverse backgrounds relating to academics, culture and religion. One virtue EPI inculcates in her scholars is; giving back to society. I find this important because, if EPI has helped me, then I must also help the society in return. I'm proud to be an EPI scholar because they are one of the best scholarship organizations you can find that is involved in the holistic development of a student.

 
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I am Eunice Aprim, a final year student of the University of Ghana, reading a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration and majoring Accounting.
Educational Pathways International (EPI) has been of a great value and advantage in my academics. I applied for the program when I realized the need to obtain some form of financial support in my tertiary education. After two interviews, I was given the opportunity to join the scholarship program and the rest was history.
Initially I thought the program was to only provide financial support but I soon realized that it was more than I actually thought. They also engaged the beneficiaries in periodic meetings which enabled us to learn some lessons on time management, goal setting and other topics which were essential to us as students and individuals. The meetings also served as a means of ensuring that we bonded well with the other beneficiaries and the Coordinator as well. Such meetings gave us the platform to express any form of recommendation or grievance that we faced as students to our Coordinator
One thing that I am impressed about this family is that, they take a keen interest in the academics of every student on the program. Although it is a requirement to do well academically to renew ones scholarship annually, they see to it that we are actually learning. Any concerns we have in our studies are addressed as much as possible, even to the extent of arranging and paying for extra tuition for students on probation if need be. The periodic meetings also serves as a platform for the Coordinator to encourage us to study and be the best that we can become.
Another requirement to remain on this program was to engage in internships or community services when school is on break in summer. Although this was a requirement, they did not leave us to the mercy of searching for an Organization by ourselves but ensured that we had Organizations to work with and they even send applications on our behalves just to ensure that we did our internships. At the end of every internship we were made to write a report, which is an essential skill that we learnt and will forever cherish.
Personally, EPI has really lived up to my expectations over these past three and half years of being in school. I have the privilege to be supported financially throughout my time in the university. I already had the zeal to learn but EPI gave me an extra motive to learn. Now I that I am almost through with my degree, I have learnt to focus on the most important things that I have to achieve and work towards, for this period of my life it is making the best out the opportunity given to me to learn without any financial burden. Also, I have made a lot of friends, and learnt a lot of skills through our periodic meetings, which I believe are very beneficial.
I will like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. and Mrs. Lafrance, my former and current coordinators, the Students and Financial Aid Office of this university and Educational Pathways International (EPI) as a whole for supporting me both financially and non - financially to make my dream a reality.
God bless EPI and I recommend her for an award for her great sacrifices and support to the numerous youth in Ghana. Thank you.

 
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Our elders say, “To teach a child how to fish is more important and beneficial than to provide the child with a piece of fish.” Educational Pathways International (EPI) did not come to us to provide money just to satisfy our immediate hunger, but has set us in a position to alleviate poverty in our country. The organization provides enough financial support to cover tuition, boarding, study materials and other expenses relating to our studies at the universities. I strongly believe that education is a major key, if not the only key, with which one can change society.
EPI have given us a peace of mind to study. The financial ease they have provided, coupled with other workshops and training they organize for us, put us in better positions to impact on society through community services.
The Lafrances did not only provide us with funds but also encouragement and warmth, through Auntie Eunice, the Coordinator and sometimes through their visits to Ghana. They give us advice, just as a parent would do and always provide us with more purposes to strive for success and make positive impacts in our society. I always feel the presence of that love from a parent when I am on campus because I know EPI has got my back in the absence of my parents.
EPI has raised me from a level of hopelessness to a level full of hopes and I am now more purpose-driven than ever. I now have a stronger desire to help alleviate poverty from my community and beyond, thanks to EPI.

Richard Osei Kwame
Business Administration
3rd Year, University of Ghana (Legon)

 
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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

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

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

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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