University of Nebraska–Lincoln Nebraska College Preparatory Academy
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.
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 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
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.
INSPIRED TO EDUCATE
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
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
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
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.
The NCPA is on track to graduate 90% of its class of 2016 members, a new record for the program.
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