I am currently in my penultimate year of medical school and I can only thank Educational Pathways International for supporting me to get this far. It would have been a herculean task to get to where I am now if not for the financial and mentorship support I received from the organization. The peculiar thing about the scholarship is the how it links awardees and mentors, building a family through which we can share ideas and encourage one another.
This really is one of the best organization in the world, it has not only given people from less privileged backgrounds the opportunity to realize their full potential but is also enabling them to be in a position to help their nations and communities.
Educational Pathways International (EPI)-A Remarkable Charity Organization.
I joined the EPI family a year ago as one of the beneficiaries of the EPI scholarship in Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana. It has been a life-transforming experience for me. Now in my third year in medical school, it would have been extremely difficult to reach where I am if not for the timely award of the EPI scholarship.
The scholarship has not only provided financial support for me, but it has provided much needed academic counseling and the opportunity to meet and network with other distinguished scholarship beneficiaries. This is strikingly different from many of the charity organizations working in education. The EPI program has changed my perspectives about life; it has built an unquenchable test to give back to society in whatever capacity I can.
Wutor Mahama Baleng
President – EPI Beneficiaries, KNUST
BSc. Human Biology 3
I, Kezia Mensah Nyarkpoh, having been a member of the Educational Pathways International (EPI), Family for about a year now, I must admit that I am very impressed with EPI's packages. I count myself blessed and privileged to be a part of this unique family. I, therefore write to express my views on EPI presently.
Through the initiative of Mr. and Mrs. Lafrance, the University of Ghana Student Financial Aid Office (SFAO), the Coordinator EPI, Legon and the various sponsors of EPI, I attest to the fact that my stay in this University has been fruitful. The monthly EPI Family meeting in every Semester together with the Annual luncheon program has been a platform for me to interact and learn from people of like mind.
To conclude, EPI has really given young people like me the opportunity to advance in my education which is in line with attaining my career goals. With EPI's ability to fund every fee including a decent upkeep money, I recommend EPI Scholarship to every student who is not financially viable to pursue higher education because EPI is a trusted sponsor of ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE.
LONG LIVE EPI!
LONG LIVE UG. SFAO!!
Kezia Mensah Nyarkpoh,
University of Ghana, Legon.
BA. Information Studies and Philosophy.
I am Jonathan Akafua, a final year Electrical Engineering student in the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana. I am a beneficiary of the scholarship program under Educational Pathways International (EPI). I was awarded the scholarship in the year 2014.
Facing intense financial challenges in my education, I had to strife and struggle to make it through to the university. In gaining admission into the university, I tried to envision my journey through the university. I envisaged that this juncture of my educational life turned was comparable to a very dark tunnel without a light at the end of the tunnel. So fortunately, I had a turnaround in my life. I was enrolled with EPI. That was when I not only saw a bright light at the end of the tunnel but inside the tunnel. Since that time, I cared less about financial trouble. This opportunity has enabled me gain the maximum concentration towards my academic work and in developing myself personally and professionally. I am so grateful to EPI for picking me up from a nearly hopeless situation and giving me hope.
The name EPI will never part from my lips when I narrate my life story to any individual I encounter in my endeavors in life. I count myself as the luckiest person on earth to be a beneficiary of EPI.
My name is Jonathan Akafua, a third year student of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) reading BSc. Electrical Engineering. In 2013, my brother John and I had passed the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) with flying colours. Our performance made my parents and various family members so proud of us. One thing that I was so sure of was that gaining admission into the university would not be a problem at all for both of us. However, due to the financial background of my family, the greatest problem I knew we would be facing in the new episode of my academic life would be finance. That year, my dad took a loan from the bank and part of his provident fund to pay our school fees, accommodation and provide clothing and food. However, after paying the school fees, accommodation and buying the clothing John and I needed for school, the money he had borrowed was almost exhausted.
This made my first year quite a challenge for me. Thus, I found it difficult to feed myself let alone talking of books to buy. Moreover, I was not ready to be a burden on my father since I was virtually not the only one he was catering for. Yet, I made a relentless effort of not making my dad’s effort fruitless, even though it was quite difficult a challenge. My performance in the first year impressed him and he promised me he would do whatever it takes to make sure he sponsored my education. A responsible and promising father indeed!!.
Before I started my second year at the university, I could not bear the thought of how my father would take care of me in school since he had not cleared the debts he had incurred during the previous academic year. Those moments of my life were one of my worst nightmares. I then started searching for scholarship opportunities to ease the burden on my dad and also to give me the maximum focus I needed.
I applied for scholarship with Educational Pathways International (EPI) and fortunately for me I had it. I still believe that it was EPI that located me in my distress. The day I had this scholarship is one of the moments I can never forget in my life. Words could not and cannot express my joy because I knew I was liberated from dependence on my dad. Even my dad was so glad because he knew that for the rest of my first degree programme, he would not have to bother himself on how he would fend for me. My life was for the first time turned around. I could study without thinking of how I would survive on campus. And as of now, all I am doing is making good use of this opportunity given me. There is one thing I can say with certainty; EPI is now a part of my life. I can never tell my life story anywhere I find myself without the name EPI surfacing. EPI is indeed the greatest miracle that ever happened to me.
REVIEW ON EDUCATIONAL PATHWAYS INTERNATIONAL
My name is Grace Bamfo-Ennin. I am in the first year reading Law. I gained admission to Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in 2016 and fortunately I became part of Educational Pathways International (EPI) family that same year after going through the necessary requirements.
Educational Pathways International (EPI) has been very instrumental in my life after I became a part of it. You are urged to rise beyond crippling circumstances, see yourself as gifted, blessed and endowed other than unfortunate, poor and under privileged. Putting aside the tremendous financial assistance you enjoy, you are also not left to be on your own. Your progress is monitored and you are encouraged to go the extra mile and stand out wherever you find yourself.
Anyone can undoubtedly attest to the fact that EPI is not only the best NGO in this field but also the only Organization that is genuinely interested in the development of the students it support.
On the whole Educational Pathways is the best thing that ever happened to me.
Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be by George Sheehan. I can confidently say that the path of success was gradually travelled with ease when I met Educational Pathways International (EPI) in my second year of my tertiary education.
I am Irene Takyiwaa Mensah, a final year BSc. Mathematics student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). I am highly privileged to be a part of this great family.
I write to express my profound gratitude to EPI for being there for me when things seemed impossible financially during my tertiary education. EPI provided money to cater for my fees, accommodation, extra tuition and money for up-keep. My dreams have become a reality because of EPI.
In addition, we appreciate Mr. and Mrs. Lafrance for their immense support for us, the beneficiaries. It is said that, “The most important function of education at any level is to develop the personality of the individual and the significance of his life to himself and to others”, therefore Auntie Eunice the coordinator for EPI frequently gives us lectures on How to Prepare for Interviews, Time Management, CV Writing, Public Speaking, Setting Goals, and more topics to enhance our attitude towards academic work and other aspect of our lives. We take internships during the vacations as a way of giving back to the society as well as developing our skills.
Also, EPI does everything in order that each member of the family is successful. We are encouraged and motivated to pursue greater success in our fields of study. Senior colleagues in the family serve as role models for the younger ones. Mr and Mrs Lafrance’s visit to Ghana each year makes the bond within the family greater and we are challenged to go higher in whatever we are doing. God bless Mr. and Mrs. Lafrance and Auntie Eunice for transforming our lives in so many ways through EPI. MENSAH IRENE TAKYIWAA
KWAME NKRUMAH UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (KNUST)
I became a beneficiary of the Educational Pathways International (EPI) in the 2014/2015 academic year. I applied for the EPI Scholarship, was shortlisted and interviewed. On the evening of the interview, I was called that I have been awarded the scholarship. The joy and happiness I experienced cannot be expressed since it was clear that my university education will be completed successfully with less difficulty in terms of finances. Below are some of the ways in which the scholarship has helped me.
The payment of my fees which has been the major challenge has been taken care of. The rest of my fees for the 2014/2015 academic year was paid for. In addition, my fees for this academic year was catered for by EPI. Aside my fees there was money to cater for accommodation on campus, money to cover expenses on books and stationery and upkeep money, which comes to supplement what my mother and other family members provide for my up-keep.
On behalf of my family and me, we thank Mr. and Mrs. Lafrance for the provision they have made for me. I am relieved of stress and can concentrate on my academics and excel by God’s Grace through their immense contribution to my education. My mother is now able to use the resources available to cater for my younger siblings.
I am grateful for the opportunity given me by Mr. and Mrs. Lafrance for helping me immensely in my education. Thank you and God richly bless you.
Irene Takyiwaa Mensah
Third Year BSc. Mathematics Student Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology(KNUST)
I am Emmanuel Komlan Tengue a final year student at University of Ghana studying Accounting. I am a beneficiary of Educational Pathways International (EPI) Scholarship program.
I have benefited from EPI since my first year at University of Ghana and EPI has since paid all my fees (both academic and residential) and provided me with enough money for my books, upkeep, and other expenses. EPI does not only provide financial support to its beneficiaries but create opportunities for them. EPI partners with other institutions in order to create opportunities for we the beneficiaries. I have been able to volunteer with Universities Studies Abroad Consortium thanks to the help of our industrious program coordinator, Auntie Eunice. This volunteering has offered me great benefits among them is the career and financial benefits it offers me in addition to that of EPI which has made it possible for me to save money towards my professional examinations after graduation. The training offered by Auntie Eunice in areas such as time management, goal setting, career development, CV writing, ethics, among others has adequately equipped and provided me with enough information for my success in the job market.
My dream to graduate from the University with accounting degree is almost at fruition due to the immense financial help and motivational support EPI has offered me and other equally needy students. I would not have made it to this point without EPI and I am forever grateful.
EPI has made a significant investment in educating the youth of Ghana and deserves the necessary appreciation and support.
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.
My four year journey with Educational Pathways International (EPI) has been an amazing one. My expectations on entering the university was very bleak, taking into consideration the financial challenges at home and the nigh impossibility of my getting into the university because of that. Upon getting into the university to do a course branded by many as a ‘rich mans’ course’ I was distraught but EPI helped me in acquiring study materials, accommodation, fees and upkeep. All these have helped create a conducive atmosphere and psyche for me to go through my four year undergraduate legal studies. The seminars organized by EPI for us the beneficiaries has helped me improve upon many job acquisition skills such as time management, human resource management skills among others. This has also helped me win a number of laurels including;
Being adjudged- the best debator in GHANA consecutively for the past three years; best oralist in the Georgina T. Wood Moot Court Competition in Ghana. I also represented Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to win 3rd best Anglophone University in the 24th All African Human Right Moot Court Competition in Zambia and also the national rounds of the Philip C Jessup Moot Court Competition among other laurels.
EPI has also provided an avenue for me to give back to the society. EPI has an alliance with Akim Asafo Senior High School in the Eastern region of Ghana where beneficiaries can go there for a period, help teach students and also offer mentorship to the secondary school students. This is known as THE ASAFO PROGRAMME. I have really been inspired by that programme to always give back to society because the mentorship we have been offering to the students encourage the students that there is hope out there for them.
Last but not least is the family EPI has given me. EPI has been a family to me, the Mr and Mrs Lafrance have a really cool and amicable relationship with us. Amongst the beneficiaries we learn a lot from each other, take trips and enjoy each other’s company. This is a very essential benefit we get from EPI because in such a stressful academic setting, some people are not able to on their own have people who care about them as much but with EPI there is always someone out there you know you can count on and we are really grateful to have that.
Bachelor of Laws-LLB
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology(KNUST)
To me, EPI is a hope angel! An angel that inspired confidence and possibilities at a time that I needed these most. An angel that took away the engulfing gloom and restored light in my academic and career path. These are personal and real! I met EPI during the first year of my bachelor studies. This was a time that my parents’ finances had tanked. It was a time that the remaining three years of my bachelor studies were seemingly bleak due to the prevailing financial constraints. It was at this point in time that I met EPI, my angel of hope. I was numbered among the five gifted students and awarded a scholarship that covered the entire period of my bachelor studies. All uncertainties were dispelled and I completed my bachelor studies successfully with excellent grades. Not only this but also, EPI enriched my CV by employing me as an assistant coordinator of the scholarship programme in Ghana after my bachelor studies. I can’t conclude this review without mentioning the quality of social grooming I enjoyed whiles I was with EPI. It was such a good and empowering experience. Currently, I am pursuing a PhD programme in Economics and Management at Université libre de Bruxelles in Belgium. I am a testimony of the good works of EPI. I am truly grateful to EPI and to The Lafrances for contributing to my academic success and helping me to be a better person.
Always proud to be part of the EPI family!
Université libre de Bruxelles
As I recall, I met EPI about six years ago during my bachelor studies. It was a time when my academic future was near bleak by reason of financial constraints. I witnessed a complete turnaround when I met my angel of hope and success, EPI. Thereafter, I possessed a boosted morale to pursue my academic goals without having to worry about finances. EPI sponsored me throughout my bachelor studies! My bachelor transcript is a faithful witness to the excellent academic strides I made after meeting EPI. I can’t forget to mention the quality of social life I enjoyed with the EPI family. For a truth, EPI is a family of real love and care! In fact, being part of EPI has been a real holistic transformational experience for me. Currently, I’m a final year master student at University of Agder, Norway, and still aiming higher. I owe special thanks to EPI and to The Lafrances. I am glad to be a member of the EPI family!
There are times in life where one needs a helping hand in order to achieve his or her dreams. I experienced those moments in my study life where I needed financial help in order to pursue my degree and none other than EPI came to my rescue. It was very frustrating when I started university hustling to support myself financially and at the same time keep up with my studies but EPI lifted a very heavy burden from me when they provided financial support. I am proud to say that because of EPI I'm now a KNUST graduate and I'm doing my service with a renowned Advertising firm. I'm so much grateful for the provisions I received from EPI. Such great help has become a stepping stone towards my career. Thank you EPI.
It is true what they say in my local dialect “obiara nim obrempo ashease” literally translated as “no one can be certain of the start of greatness”. It is with this notion that Educational Pathways International made its role known as an NGO dedicated towards fostering socio-economic growth and development in Ghana by transforming the lives of brilliant but needy students through a comprehensive scholarship scheme in universities all over the country. Hundreds of lives, or better still “futures” have been transformed by EPI, and yes, I am one of the privileged.
I am now a graduate of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Settlement Planning. With EPI providing financial security for my undergraduate study, I was able to give full concentration to my studies and I emerged as the Best Female Student 2016, Academics, College of Arts and Built Environment, KNUST for my graduating year. I am currently working as a teaching and Research Assistance at the Department of Planning, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. I also double up as the Campus Coordinator for Educational Pathways International. Working with Educational Pathways International gives me the opportunity to give back to my society and equally impact others like EPI did for me.
With this I say a big THANK YOU to Educational Pathways International, A family like none other. Am grateful for all the support, EPI is not just transforming lives but generations.
Teaching and Research Assistant
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
With utmost gratitude and appreciation, I write this review on Educational Pathways International (EPI) for its dedication towards fostering socio-economic growth and development in Ghana by transforming the lives of brilliant but needy students in universities all over the country. I am Valentina Nyame, a final year student offering BSc. Human Settlement Planning at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) –Ghana. For the past 4years – thus, all my stay on campus – I have been a proud beneficiary of the EPI scholarship program and I must say with all truthfulness, that being with a family like EPI has been the best experience I can ever have and has imparted my life in ways I never thought was possible. EPI is more than a scholarship program, we consider ourselves as a family and as a result work towards the personal, intellectual, professional and social development of each other.
The goal of EPI is to “recognize, supports, and empower, 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“. In my view tremendous results have been achieved, since I have seen my colleague beneficiaries take up major student positions, receive countless awards, graduate with the best of grades, with some furthering their education in prominent schools both within and outside the country while others join the working environment. None of the above would have been possible without EPI. For me, I could not have made it this far in my educational path without EPI as a backbone . EPI has empowered me to reach higher in all endeavors and has been a source of inspiration for others like me to give back to the community.
It sometimes saddens me that I am not in the position to provide the financial or otherwise support needed to support the course of EPI for now. But I believe strongly that others in the position to support will not miss the chance to touch the lives of students like me.
Thank you EPI.