My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Educational Pathways International, Incline Village, NV, USA
My name is Samuel Kwarteng. I am a first year Medical Laboratory student at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana. My first year with Educational Pathways International (EPI), although short, has been nothing short of excitement and transformation. As a recipient of the 2019-2020 EPI scholarship, I want to say thank you for awarding me this scholarship. Growing up in a less privileged community has not only offered financial and academic challenges but has helped me realize the value of college education. I was very excited to learn that I have been selected for this prestigious scholarship. I am very appreciative of your support of my education.
Since I joined EPI, I have gone through a much needed transition not only in my academics but personal and social lives as well. Attaining this scholarship proved to be an essential cog to my studies which was evident in the grades I had for my first semester - I was able to focus and align myself with my set goals. General meetings chaired by our Program Director, Auntie Eunice, also gave me an opportunity to meet and interact with other beneficiaries. It made me see EPI not as an organization but a family which I am very proud and honored to be a part of. These meetings also afforded me the platform to participate in workshops. These workshops have really taught me a lot.
My choice to pursue a career in the healthcare stems from my desire to have a significant impact on the lives of others; and it does not get any better than saving or assisting to save someone’s life. A career in the Medical Laboratory Sciences would greatly help me fulfill this desire. I am also driven by the fascinating work of a laboratory scientist. Medical Laboratory Science provides clues that are key in the diagnosis and treatment of disease or injury, and laboratory professionals are the detectives of the health care world. After school, I want to proceed and undertake one year mandatory national service. After the service, I hope to secure a job as a Medical Laboratory Scientist in any recognized health institution, amidst making plans to further my education. I am currently undertaking an ongoing collaborative research into neglected tropical diseases which I hope to complete upon my graduation and my findings playing a vital tool in the fight against these diseases which are mostly prevalent in the rural communities of which I am a part of. As part of a way of giving back to my community, I plan to organize health screening exercises to assist in the early detection of health anomalies; something that is currently lacking in my community. Creating awareness of these neglected diseases and educating the people on the precautionary and preventive measures to avoid them is my way of giving back to my community which I intend to continue after my education.
EPI has opened a door and the prospect of a brighter future for me and will play a key role in shaping me into a successful person in future. Organizations like EPI make life brighter for us and I can only hope that one day, I will also be in a position to bring a smile to another needy student. I cannot express my gratitude enough, and I want you to know that your generous support will see me achieve my dreams.