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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

154 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Iyzek A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am Isaac Amponsah, a third year Pharm D student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana, West Africa.

All phases in my academic pursuit has been very difficult in terms of my finance as my parents are not in a good financial position to fund my education as well as that of my other four siblings. After staying at home for a year upon senior high school completion, I had no hope of being in the university but here I am at last, and since then, I have been struggling to make ends meet.

I had no idea how I was going to go through this 6-year programme of study in the midst of such financial difficulties. There came Educational Pathways International (EPI). I have been an EPI Scholar not long ago (since November, 2016), but within this short while, my family is relieved and I also enjoy a peaceful mind as I now need not worry about my academic and accommodation fees – all covered by EPI as well as other expenses.

Not only that, EPI is a wonderful family that promotes social integration among all scholars and also organizes workshops and other leadership seminars for us.

I am so fortunate and glad to be a scholar of EPI and I am so grateful to the Lafrance family. I am much convinced that EPI is the best of the few organizations trying to change our world into a better place.

Polibu A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My is name Polibu Amos, a third year medical student. I got admission to further my education at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) medical school in 2014, at a time the financial crisis of my family was unimaginable. I was a hopeless boy with a bleak future, but thanks to Educational pathways International (EPI) for their timely intervention.
I became a beneficiary of EPI scholarship three years ago and my whole life has taken a new dimension, thinking and acting positively. EPI gave me a sense belongingness for it is a family away from home. EPI does not only support me financially, but has improved all facets of my life. Through EPI, I have met a lot of new people that have helped improved my social skills. I have had the opportunity of being guided as to how to achieve my aspirations. The care and counselling given to me by EPI Coordinator, Auntie Eunice while in school has made my life on campus so easy. I have also attended seminars that have impacted my life immensely as a beneficiary of EPI scholarship. These numerous experiences show a striking difference between EPI and other scholarship organisations. EPI does not only give financial aid to students, but it serve to unify us, enlighten us and shape us into becoming better people someday.
More so, I have been taught how to give back to society no matter how small it may be. The vacation internships that I do makes me realize that I can change the lives of others even as a student. This is an experience that will make us think and care about society when we become better people one day. It has been a blessing and awesome experience since I joined this great family. EPI has really touched my life and many other needy people’s lives. I am forever grateful to EPI for without them I might not have still been in school. EPI has brought out the best in me.
Long live EPI.
Polibu Amos
Bsc. Human Biology (MB CHB)
Level 300
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)
Kumasi, Ghana

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I got admission to further my education at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) medical school in 2014, at a time the financial crisis of my family was unimaginable. I was a hopeless boy with a bleak future, but thanks to Educational pathways International (EPI) for their timely intervention.
I became a beneficiary of EPI scholarship two years ago and my whole life has taken a new dimension, thinking and acting positively. EPI does not only support me financially, but has improved all facets of my life. Through EPI, I have met a lot of new people that have helped improved my social skills. I have had the opportunity of being guided as to how to achieve my aspirations. The care and counseling given to me by EPI Coordinator, Auntie Eunice while in school has made my life on campus so easy. These numerous experiences show a striking difference between EPI and other scholarship organizations. EPI does not only give financial aid to students, but it serve to unify us, enlighten us and shape us into becoming better people someday.
More so, I have been taught how to give back to society no matter how small it may be. This is an experience that will make us think and care about society when we become better people one day. It has been a blessing and awesome experience since I joined this great family. EPI has really touched my life and many other needy people’s lives. I am forever grateful to EPI for without them I might not have still been in school. EPI has brought out the best in me.
Long live EPI.
Polibu Amos
Bsc. Human Biology (MB CHB)
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Vanessa Agyei-Essiful.I come from a broken home where I live with my mum and three younger siblings . My mum is a petty trader who is solely responsible for catering for my siblings and I with the meagre money she makes from her trade with no support from my father.I am a first year student of the University of Ghana,Legon studying Bachelor of Arts in Economics , Mathematics and statistics .I am a proud beneficiary of Educational Pathways international . EPI has provided me with all the things I need as a student and this has therefore made learning easier for me and has also reduced the burden on my poor mum.By kind courtesy of EPI,my mum has been able to pay off the loan she subscribed to pay my school fees ,hostel fees and buy me other things I needed when I was initially coming to school.I am indeed grateful for this wonderful opportunity and all I want to say is a big thank you to the President of EPI,Mrs Sara Lafrance and Mr Leonard Lafrance for putting such a beautiful smile on my face.May God richly bless them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am Michael Agyemang Obeng, a beneficiary of Educational Pathways International (EPI) scholarship and a fourth year student of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), pursuing BSc Medical Laboratory Technology.
EPI has freed my mind from financial worries. 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), through these meetings has helped me immensely. The meeting refreshes us and brings all the beneficiaries together. During meetings, we are taught topics such as “Public speaking”, “Preparing to attending job interview”, “Time management” and among others which are all aimed at grooming us to be better professionals. In a nutshell, I want to emphasize that it is only with EPI that such benefits 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.

A-daniel.50

Client Served

Rating: 5


My lifelong dream of attending university is becoming a reality.
DANIEL AFENYA
University of Ghana, Legon.
BA. Economics and statistics
Final year student

I am honored to be a beneficiary of the Educational Pathways International (EPI) Scholarship scheme. Thank you for generously supporting me. Thank you for giving me a tertiary education. My lifelong dream of attending a university is becoming a reality. I am grateful for the financial aid I am receiving from EPI. The scholarship is really helping me. There is no need to worry about my tuition and accommodation fees. This is because EPI is paying for my tuition and accommodation.
I happened to join the EPI family in 2013 just after my admission at University of Ghana, Legon. Having been awarded the scholarship, I realized EPI is not just a scholarship scheme but a family. Why is this so? EPI has the welfare of its members at heart. EPI gives you full scholarship which comprises of accommodation, school fees, books and stipends. It gives tertiary education to the less privilege and gifted students. Because EPI believes greatly that education is mind opening and therefore it is a powerful weapon that can be used to change the world. What else is more important than giving tertiary education to the less privilege?
According to James Dewar, a Scottish Physicist, Chemist and an inventor of Dewar flask “minds are like parachutes, they only function when they are open”. Yes! An open mind is a mind that that is open to new thoughts and new ways of doing things. It does not see obstacles but opportunities. EPI is opening my mind. Because education gives the individual critical skill and tools to better provide for his/her self, children, family, community, country and the whole world at large. In addition, education provides a great opportunity to meet a wide variety of people and build a network of friends and contact. In general, education increases people’s knowledge of how to live a healthy life style. Because an educated person provides people with knowledge about vaccination, cleaned drinking water and fitness. In most cases educated person is a healthy person.
Hey don’t forget that EPI is not just a scholarship scheme but a family. As a member of EPI family you don’t only get your fees paid. You receive training in time management, career development, entrepreneurship, CV writing, cover letter preparation, interview preparation and other employable toolkits. If you are brilliant and determine to attend university but handicapped financially then EPI is the family you should turn to. “Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army”, Edword Everett. EPI gives you that liberty. I am grateful to Mr. Leonard Lafrance and Mrs. Sarah Lafrance for nurturing this idea.
Once again thank you for the vote of confidence in me. I am committed to my education. I am one step closer to becoming an Economist. EPI is changing lives. I highly recommend EPI to any donor and any brilliant but needy student ready to enroll for tertiary education. With EPI your tuition, books and accommodation are taken care off.


Writer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am Samuel Gameli Yao Tsorlevo. A first year student of the University of Ghana, Legon studying Bachelor of Science in Administration.
I completed my senior high school education without much hope of gaining tertiary education till I met Educational Pathways International (EPI). After going through the necessary selection process,I was picked and enrolled into the scholarship program.
My life after joining EPI has never been the same even though I just joined this wonderful family some few months ago. With their financial support I am now able to cater for myself and provide the needed books for my academic work on campus.I was able to do all these since it is a full scholarship which caters for my school fees,accommodation, books and stipend as well.
I cannot say much but to sincerely thank them from my heart and I pray that they continue to touch lives just like they did to mine.

Jenny115

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Grant Jenny, a final year medical student at The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. When i was in first year, things were really tough for me. Getting books, study materials and catering for my basic needs was a huge challenge. I was not certain i would be able to finish school or even if i did, i wondered how meaningful my education would be. But then in second year, EPI came in and sponsored my education. That was a huge turn around for me, my family and for all the people i will impact in the future as a doctor. How would this journey have been had EPI not stepped in at the right time ? Well thankfully i would never know because when it really mattered, they extended a helping hand to me and for this, i will forever be grateful. This world definitely needs more organizations like Educational Pathways International!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Charlotte Akyere Sampson. I am twenty-two (22) years of age and the second of three children. I am a student of the University of Ghana Business School studying Accounting. I am in my third year and would like to become a Chartered Accountant in the future. I am a creative person so during my leisure time, I love to bead, either making jewelries and slippers. I enjoy doing voluntary activities as well. Also, I have the zeal to start my own business.
Educational Pathway International (EPI) provides scholarship to brilliant but needy students. I heard of EPI during the orientation section organized for fresh students. Afterwards, I visited the Students Financial Aid Office to make enquiries. There are requirements that one must meet in order to qualify for the scholarship. After going through it thoroughly, then I applied. Later, I was called together with other applicants to attend the first interview. Although it wasn't easy for me, however I still passed. I was invited to attend the second and final interview session. It was tough since all the other applicants seemed equally good but then again I qualified.
Being a beneficiary of EPI comes with many rewards. Personally, EPI has been very impactful on my life. It has provided me with financial freedom directing my focus towards my studies. I also benefit from the challenging environment that EPI provides us. For example, the giving of awards to best performing students. This encourages me to continually improve my academic performance. Also EPI makes it mandatory for beneficiaries to intern during the long vacation. As a result, I have been able to work with some corporate organizations such as Ghana Highway Authority and Ghana Revenue Authority. Additionally, I have been able to volunteer with an International program called University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) as a student buddy. This was made possible because of the existing relationship between EPI and USAC. The training I get from being a student buddy is great. The Alumni network of EPI is a very strong one. We are one big family. I receive assistance from some members of the Alumni in times of need.
I can gladly say I am a transformed lady as compared to my earlier years. Before I joined EPI, I used to be a very shy person. The consistent meetings we hold with effective training organized changed me. I can happily say that I am now bold, knows what I want in life and more than determined to achieve my goals. The greatest of my priorities is to give back to society and also influence the lives of others.
I am very delighted to belong to such a wonderful family. It is awe-inspiring.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am Ntelikime Francis M-mebi, a third year student offering BSc. Administration in the University of Ghana. I got enrolled on Educational Pathways International scholarship in my first year and has since been a beneficiary of the scholarship till now. I have benefited a lot from the Educational Pathways International scholarship.
Being raised from a peasant home, I never got it easy paying my school fees. When I finished senior high school, I got stranded: I got very good grades but could not continue my education because I did not have the needed funds. My family too could not support me because of its weak financial background. I did not also want to enter college and stop halfway. What should I do then?
I consulted one of my former teachers who encouraged me to apply to University of Ghana where scholarships are available for brilliant but needy students. Then, I went on the internet to see the scholarships that are available for students in the University of Ghana. I got a list of scholarships on the internet, but guess what, Educational Pathways International was the only scholarship scheme that covered full funding. Then I gathered courage to come to the University of Ghana.
I had to go borrowing money from different sources to be able to make it to the university, because I was certain that I would gain the Educational Pathways International scholarship. And truly, I got enrolled on the scholarship till date. Then, I heaved a sigh of relief. The scholarship refunded my admission fee making it possible for me settle my creditors without any difficulty.
The scholarship indeed provides full funding: it covers the tuition fee, accommodation fee and even academic miscellaneous expenses. From first year till now, I never hustled to pay my fees. EPI scholarship gives me an amount that is enough to pay for tuition, accommodation, and to buy books to ease my studies.
The scholarship enables students from poor homes to have access to education and to realize their dreams. Let me mention that I would have dropped out of school if I had not got the Educational Pathways International scholarship. Being the first person in my family to go to school, I could not have continued my education without any external support. My dreams would have died out. But with Educational Pathways International scholarship, I am moving on a smooth pace in my education. My dreams are gradually being realized: to finish school and to bring light to my family. Thumbs up to Educational Pathways International scholarship donors for their funds have helped in bringing me from nowhere to somewhere now.



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Client Served

Rating: 5

Educational Pathways International (EPI) scholarship has had a very great impact on my life ranging from funding my education to my social life. This would have been impossible without the help of EPI. The scholarship does not only provide students with funds to cater for their educational needs but also seeks to develop the students’ personalities.
Ever since I was awarded the EPI Scholarship in 2014, I have never had the psychological trauma of where to get money to pay for my fees: all my educational expenses have been catered for by EPI. I often wonder how my life on the university campus would have been without the support of EPI: perhaps I would have terminated or deferred my course of study. Being the first person from a whole community of peasant farmers to gain admission to a university, I could not have been able to cope with the educational expenses, and consequently my life on campus would have been appalling.
The scholarship has been a great relief to my parents and me. I no longer seem to be a dependent on my peasant parents for my school’s financial need.
Not only does EPI provide funds for my education but also follows up to developing the personalities of the students and see that the student succeeds in his or her academic endeavor. Being part of the family of EPI scholarship beneficiaries, my self confidence level has increased. The exposure to and the opportunity to interact with friends during EPI family meetings has helped me acquire good communication skills. Most importantly, the topics discussed at EPI family meetings by our Country Programme Coordinator (Auntie Eunice)—“Effective Time Management, CV Writing, How to Relate with Friends and Lecturers on Campus—have helped me a lot in both my academics and my social life. Now I know how to apportion time to every activity necessary for my success while on campus. All these are not being taught in the lecture halls. But EPI has allotted time to teach its beneficiaries that to make them more successful in their endeavors.
Another significant about EPI is the provision of internship opportunities to its beneficiaries. This encourages us, the beneficiaries to engage ourselves in corporate work or teaching opportunities during vacations. I have acquired a lot of skills from being an intern. These skills and experiences have helped me build my carrier life.
Now I have confidence that I am going to graduate successfully from the university without any worries. Thanks to EPI Founder (Mr. and Mrs. Lafrance) staff of EPI and sponsors.
Francis Ntelikime M-Mebi
Second Year
BSc. Business Administration
University of Ghana

Writer

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Felix Gershon Anim. I am a second year Biological Science student at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, KNUST. I am very privileged to be a part of this wonderful family (EPI). EPI gave me the opportunity to realize my dream and it has benefited so many other people which has given them the opportunity to also realize their dream in other to make an impact in the society in the near future. People have had the opportunity to study in various universities in Ghana like KNUST, University of Development Studies and University of Ghana.
EPI does not only focus on financing our education but also involving us in programs that will help build our personalities and help us give back to the society, as well as monitoring our academic performances and providing guidance and counselling. This year hasn’t been any different, we were trained by the International Leadership Foundation(ILF) on capacity building, character, communication, coaching and so many interesting topics on the various challenges in our society. This programs aims at bringing up a generation of transformational leaders who can make impact in the society and am privileged to be part of such a wonderful seminar which is once in a lifetime opportunity.
EPI changed my life and many others and for this I want to say a big thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Lafrance for doing this great service to humanity.
EPI is truly a great non-profit organization and I recommend EPI for any award of service to humanity. Long live EPI!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Felix Gershon Anim .I am a first year Biological Science student at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, KNUST. I had the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful family (EPI) after two highly competitive interviews. I was privileged to be a part of those who made it to the scheme.
I was burdened financially and this made me to stay out of school for two years even though I gained admission into University of Ghana and KNUST. Thanks to EPI I am finally in school to realize my dream of being a lecturer in the near future. EPI has benefited so many other people which has given them the opportunity to also realize their dream in other to make an impact in the society in the near future. P People have had the opportunity to study in various universities in Ghana like KNUST, University of Development Studies and University of Ghana.
EPI does not only focus on financing our education but also involving us in programs that will help build our personalities and help us give back to the society, as well as monitoring our academic performances and providing guidance and counselling.
EPI changed my life and many others and for this I want to say a big thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Lafrance for doing this great service to humanity.
EPI is truly a great non-profit organization and I recommend EPI for any award of service to humanity .Long live EPI!