University of Nebraska–Lincoln Nebraska College Preparatory Academy

Program Overview

The Nebraska College Preparatory Academy (NCPA) is an innovative college access program that prepares academically-talented, first-generation, income eligible students 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


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.

Sam Farmer


Sam Farmer
Sam Farmer may come from a small town but he has big thoughts and big dreams— and the senior at Winnebago High School is well on his way to achieving them

Akangkha Khan


Akangkha Khan
Being prepared to succeed in college as well as having a scholarship to pay for tuition are huge benefits that NCPA scholars and their parents greatly appreciate. Yet families find the program also provides unexpected but equally important benefits that boost the success of the scholars.

Photo Credit: Marlenia Thornton


Allison Wood
While some who struggle in science tend to avoid the subject, Allison Wood plans to teach it someday. Allison credits NCPA for helping her try things she struggles in. 


Learn more about how NCPA’s proven model has positively impacted the lives of its scholars and their families.

Student Success Stories

Future Scholars

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

College 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


Metropolitan Community College
Metropolitan Community College
Metropolitan Community College
Metropolitan Community College


Bruce E. Mackey, a 1955 graduate of the College of Business, has committed a $1.6 million estate gift to support Husker students through scholarships and academic programs.

Alumnus commits $1.6M estate gift to make college possible for more

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln has announced a $1.6 million estate gift from alumnus and retired insurance executive Bruce E. Mackey to support students through scholarships and academic programs.

19 Grand Island Senior High students graduating from the Nebraska College Preparatory Academy gathered onstage.

GISH seniors graduate from Nebraska College Preparatory Academy

A program Wednesday night honored 19 Grand Island High School seniors who are on their way to having their college educations paid for, most of them at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Abby Javier-Paxtle sitting outside on a sunny day.

NCPA helped Javier-Paxtle soar as first-gen student

Abby Javier-Paxtle is a human development and family science and Spanish major with minors in sociology and women’s and gender studies. As a first-generation college student, she’s serving as a role model for her family and fellow Huskers on campus.

Learn more about how NCPA is supporting high school and college scholars. 

News Stories

Support NCPA

NCPA’s donor base shares a common commitment to serving historically underserved students and communities through education.

Learn how you can support NCPA and their mission to support first-generation, low-income students graduate with a college degree.

Support NCPA


Steve Hill
Senior Director of Gift Planning
University of Nebraska Foundation

Moises Padilla
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Moises Padilla
Director of the Nebraska College Preparatory Academy
University of Nebraska-Lincoln