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Who is The EPIC Foundation?

The EPIC Foundation was established in 2014 to provide scholarships and financial aid to underprivileged students throughout South Florida.

 

EPIC has now developed independent mentoring programs and is providing viable Career Pathways for its qualified students.

Andrew J. Donaldson

Founder, Executive Director & STEM Program Director

South Florida native and University of Miami alumnus AJ Donaldson has nearly two decades of teaching and academic mentoring experience. In his career, he has successfully serviced more than 500 students in a variety of subjects, crafting a unique and comprehensive methodology that guarantees student cooperation and success. Per his academic mentoring methodology, each student is guaranteed to increase at least one grade level or more. Raised in Miami by a single mother, AJ often leaned on mentors throughout his youth to help guide him and fill the void left by an absent father. The positive encouragement and guidance from his own mentors sparked a desire to provide the same for students in his community. Donaldson's passion to help those in need culminated into the establishment of The EPIC Foundation.

Donaldson, as known by several of his mentees, earned a Dual Audio-Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Miami in 2003. He was also a recognized student-athlete, playing the fullback position for the Miami Hurricanes' Division-I football team from 1998 to 2000. Prior to graduating from the University of Miami, AJ volunteered his mentoring services to various private school parents, which eventually yielded the establishment of Donaldson Scholar Mentors, LLC in 2005. The organization was eventually rebranded as United Mentors, LLC in 2012.

Our children's education is irreplaceable. Let’s build an EPIC future for them.

Our Mission

To provide ongoing support for underprivileged students in today’s evolving education system.

Our Vision

We want to see more students achieve their fullest potential in education and future careers. To accomplish this, we offer hands-on career pathways, scholarships, and mentorship to students who fall through the cracks. Our established group of qualified professionals are striving every day to positively impact underserved students so that fewer students fail due to the challenges of our current educational track.

 

Student Testimonials

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Grace, Miami, FL

"If it wasn’t for EPIC helping us pay for tutoring, I would’ve failed math but instead, I now know I’m actually good at it!"

Isaiah, Miramar, FL

"EPIC paid, in full, for me to complete a Certificate in Computer Systems and Information Technology from Sheridan Technical College."

Alexus, Fort Lauderdale, FL

"EPIC saved me from getting kicked out of school due to a balance my family couldn’t pay and now, I’m ready to graduate on a full scholarship to college."