NCPA Pillars of Success

Our Mission

The Nebraska College Preparatory Academy prepares first-generation and low-income students from Omaha North Magnet and Grand Island Senior High Schools to achieve excellence through Knowledge, Character, and Commitment.

This is achieved through academic counseling and support, leadership, personal development and financial assistance to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and/or Metropolitan Community College.

Taylor Armstrong

'NCPA has helped me by giving me the tools to be as successful as I can in college, whether it’s having a set study time, or finding a tutor when I needed one.'

--Taylor Armstrong, '13
1st NCPA graduate from UNL

Successful NCPA Scholars will meet the following Pillars of Excellence:


  • Recruit and retain academically talented eighth grade students in Omaha and Grand Island.
  • Design and implement academic and social strategies to improve high school and college retention rates of NCPA scholars.
  • Provide a comprehensive personal wellness service to all scholars.
  • Develop valuable personal relationships with all scholars to improve their academic and personal success.
  • Foster leadership through civic engagement and personal development to better prepare NCPA scholars for a global economy.


NCPA Scholars strive to gain new and innovative knowledge by achieving academic success both inside and outside of the classroom.


NCPA scholars will make moral and ethical decisions, promote honesty and carry themselves with integrity.


NCPA scholars illustrate their commitment by meeting obligations set by Omaha North Magnet, Grand Island Senior High, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Metropolitan Community College and/or the NEBRASKA College Preparatory Academy.

NCPA In The News

Logo: State Farm

Grand Island No-cost Summer School Program Accepts Major Gift From State Farm

Posted: April 2014

The Nebraska College Preparatory Academy, a program supporting low-income and first-generation college students, received a major gift donation of $10,000 from State Farm.

Marlena Ramirez

Ramirez Growing As a Leader Through Community Youth Council

Posted: February 2014

Community Youth Council member Marlena Ramirez was part of the selection committee that interviewed nine Ward 2 city council applicants before selecting Mark Stelk for the position. Ramirez is also a Nebraska College Preparatory Academy member at Grand Island Senior High. Keeping her grades up through the rest of her GISH career will bring Ramirez a full scholarship at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Courtesy Photo: Barrett Stinson, The Grand Island Independent