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, low-income students in grades 9-12 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.

KNOWLEDGE

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

CHARACTER

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

COMMITMENT

NCPA Scholars illustrate their commitment by meeting obligations set by the NCPA program, their respective high schools, and the college they attend.

Outcomes

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

TOTAL MOTIVATION

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

LOOKING AHEAD

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

INSPIRED TO EDUCATE

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 Magnet High School, or Omaha South Magnet High School this fall. NCPA is now accepting applications from students beginning ninth grade in Fall of 2021.

 

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

Sponsors

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

News

Hayda Rapalo and family on stairs. Photo Credit: Barrett Stinson

One heart, two homes: Never leaving her Honduran roots behind

Hayda Rapalo immigrated to the U.S. to work and save money for her older four children in Honduras after she separated from their father. Rapalo left her four children with her sister in Honduras.

Three graduates in regalia.

14 years in, preparatory academy celebrates record grad rates

The NCPA is on track to graduate 90% of its class of 2016 members, a new record for the program.

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s weeklong, statewide celebration of its 150th anniversary opened Feb. 11.

College Prep Academy to expand retention program, staffing

Support from the Peter Kiewit Foundation is fueling growth of the Nebraska College Preparatory Academy and strengthening its focus on student retention.

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

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW YOU OR YOUR ORGANIZATION CAN HELP SUPPORT NCPA's EFFORTS, PLEASE CONTACT:

Steve Hill
Senior Director of Gift Planning
University of Nebraska Foundation
402-458-1186
stephen.hill@nufoundation.org