I am Anipah Etornam Komla who completed Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in 2012.
Educational Pathways International (EPI) has been my benefactor throughout my tertiary education at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) for three (3) academic years. We are privileged to have yearly visits from our benefactors who come to see to our welfare in terms of our academic performances and physical wellbeing. I sincerely appreciate the time they spent reviewing our career goals and recommending strategies for achieving them. Their advice was very helpful and gave me a new perspective on available opportunities. I especially appreciate their offer to connect me to other EPI beneficiaries.
With the above, my family is very proud of me. My parents never had the opportunity so I am the first in my family. I am happy that I am setting the example for my own children and the entire community and hope that they will one day emulate my footsteps and earn their own degree.
By awarding me the EPI scholarship, they have lightened my financial burden which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of academic laurels and analyzing situations at hand.
Their generosity has inspired me to see my aims fruitful thus to alleviate the poverty in the family, help the community as in terms of development projects facing the community and to boost the morale of the younger ones to focus on their education and to achieve their goals and dreams, just as they have helped me.
EPI lifted the financial burden that could have crippled my education. EPI has taught me to give back to my community and to those in need. Because EPI sponsors me, I do not worry about finance-I can concentrate fully on my education. Now I am in the States studying one year, because the peace of mind helped me study well in my first two years of college in Ghana. I could not have had the scholarship without EPI.
EPI is not only providing fees for intelligent Ghanaian college students but also trains them to help their country and community.
Tertiary education in Ghana has become expensive relative to the income levels of the people and this is limiting access of the poorer segments of the society. Without doubt, the intervention of EPI to help the brilliant but poor students is a critical contribution towards ensuring that the marginalised can also scale up. What is of increasing significance is the additional provision of counselling service to guide and foster a positive aspiration of "can do" spirit and attitude in the students chosen. Just witness a student who curls up sleeping in the chair each night because of lack of space in the room, will not be sponsored any longer by parents who can't make ends meet so want their son to stop schooling and work, but scores one of the highest grades in the competitive exams for the university, and finally secures entry primarily because of EPI support!!!
I got to know the work of Educational Pathways International recently (EPI). The more I look up and find out, the more impressed I am. I am an educator myself and come from a background very similar to the community EPI is trying to help. I know what this means and how important it is for the poeple to have access to education. This is an amazing work and a much needed one. I wish Sarah and Leonard all the very best in their continuous effort to make this world a better place.
I work at the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) and we have been fortunate enough to work with EPI now for a number of years. EPI students are local buddies with our US students studying in Ghana. They've created wonderful relationships, which have benefited both sides. EPI students are remarkable in what they have accomplished and because of the EPI scholarships their lives have been transformed. I have been extremely impressed by the dedication and support from EPI for their students. This organization is well-organized and focused on their goal.
I have followed the work of Educational Pathways International in Ghana with great admiration. I was raised in a village in rural northern Ghana, the poorest region in the country, and experienced poverty and barriers to education and development growing up. Limited economic resources made it very difficult to obtain my university degree at the University of Ghana, where EPI is currently funding students. Due to the increasingly high cost of living, it is becoming even more difficult for the rural poor to attend well reputed universities in Ghana. Today I have a Ph.D. from a US University and in consequence am able to contribute to improving the welfare of humanity in the area of safe drinking water and sanitation provision. I am a direct reflection of what EPI is accomplishing in Ghana. Through the scholarship program that EPI has established, many poor students from remote areas in Ghana are able to obtain university education in the cities and thus contribute to the economic and social development of Ghana. The program is helping to bridge the gap between the poor and the rich; as well as between girls and boys. I applaud the work of EPI and congratulate them for the great successes they have obtained so far.
I have followed the growth of Educational Pathways International for the past several years as an advisor and friend to founders Sara and Leonard Lafrance. The organization provides university scholarships to gifted and needy rural students and provides advice and support to these students while in university in Ghana. This year, the organization graduated its first group of scholarship students and is creating a very special alumni group. They have an excellent program person in Ghana and the founders regularly visit the country to meet with their scholarship recipients. Additionally, the founders have an excellent group of advisors, who help select students in the States. This is definitely an organization and model to watch as it grows and develops.