In partnership with the three major in-country universities (The University of Ghana, Legon; Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), and the University for Development Studies (UDS), EPI identifies the best and the brightest from families of the greatest financial need and provides them with a university education in fields of study that are vital to Ghana’s future.
The program is bottoms up, in that each of the recipients makes a pledge to excel academically, engage in extra-curricular activities that provide community service, and act as a role model for the youth in their community. EPI ensures all students have summer internships and, after graduation, works with them to transcend into meaningful positions within the workforce.
EPI only accepts applications through the universities with which it partners, which are the schools EPI scholarship recipients attend. Awards are granted once a year in the fall.
Scholarships are highly competitive and require the submission of a formal application and written essays describing why the applicant feels he/she should be considered for the program and how, upon graduation, he/she will make a difference within his or her home country. Finalists are interviewed by a panel consisting of EPI staff and personnel from the university to which they are applying.
Scholarships are renewable annually for the duration of the student’s degree program, providing the recipient maintains a grade point average of B or above.
Upon graduation, EPI also requires all award recipients to work for a minimum of two years at an endeavor of their choice within their home country.