University of Nebraska–Lincoln Nebraska College Preparatory Academy
The Nebraska College Preparatory Academy (NCPA) is an innovative college access program that prepares first-generation students from income eligible families for college and their future careers. NCPA scholars who successfully complete NCPA high school requirements have access to the support of a community of peers, academic support, and personal development opportunities throughout college. NCPA’s college scholars also receive full financial assistance to pay the cost of college, including tuition, books, room and board, and fees.
Learn more about NCPA’s goals to serve as many high school scholars as possible, and set them up for success in college.Program Overview
THE PILLARS OF EXCELLENCE
NCPA provides academic, social, and college preparation through the Pillars of Excellence: Knowledge, Character, and Commitment.
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 the NCPA program, their respective high schools, and the college they attend.
NCPA is uniquely positioned within the university system, allowing program staff to leverage their understanding of higher education to prepare scholars to flourish and thrive within university structures. NCPA incorporates a strengths-based approach to scholar retention strategies. NCPA’s one-to-one philosophy provides a positive alternative to most retention programs—to focus on the unique strengths that first-generation college students bring to college.
KNOWLEDGE, CHARACTER, AND COMMITMENT
My childhood taught me to be independent, brave and a leader. Most importantly, it taught me never to let the world push me down. NCPA is the reason I am ambitious and the reason I can go to college.
FINDING SUPPORT SYSTEM
Karla Hernandez Granillo
Both of my parents are from Hidalgo, Mexico. My number one goal is always to make my family proud, which is something I have stuck to these past few years.
My favorite part of NCPA is how supportive the NCPA scholars and staff are. NCPA has opened many doors for me and made me more confident.
Learn more about how NCPA’s proven model has positively impacted the lives of its scholars and their families.Student Success Stories
NCPA seeks academically-talented students who will be attending Grand Island Senior High School, Omaha North High Magnet School, or Omaha South High Magnet School.
Learn how to apply for NCPA, and make college a reality.Future Scholars
High School Scholars
Explore what it is like being an NCPA high school scholar—from the requirements to the exclusive opportunities.
Learn more about NCPA High School Scholars.High School Scholars
Getting to college isn’t the end of the road of NCPA. See how college scholars are supported from their first day to their graduation day.Learn more about NCPA College Scholars
OMAHA SOUTH WELLNESS COUNSELOR
UNL ACADEMIC COUNSELOR
TEEN OUTREACH PROGRAM COORDINATOR
SENIOR ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, OMAHA SOUTH PROGRAM ASSOCIATE
GRAND ISLAND PROGRAM ASSOCIATE
GRAND ISLAND WELLNESS COUNSELOR
OMAHA NORTH PROGRAM ASSOCIATE
UNL ACADEMIC COUNSELOR
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, WINNEBAGO COUNSELOR
NCPA TEACHER AT OMAHA SOUTH
SENIOR ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - UNL
NCPA OPERATIONS COORDINATOR
When Jean Parker-Morris first stepped foot on Nebraska’s campus, she felt something special. As she works to earn her degree, she knows she is making her family proud.
Chris Nguyen gained hands-on experience in the field and has seen first-hand the impact he can have through architecture.
Glow Big Red, NCPA help Ramirez Tercero pursue degree, career.
Learn more about how NCPA is supporting high school and college scholars.News Stories