College Scholars

College Scholars


Active participation in college is the key to success

  • Participate in weekly seminars
  • Attend various social events throughout the year with fellow scholars
  • Service learning projects
  • Seminar final project to apply what you’ve learned to the real world
  • Mentor high school and undergraduate NCPA scholars

Your hard work will pay off in:

  • a full academic scholarship to college
  • an individualized retention plan to ensure success in college and beyond
  • engagement in life skills and leadership development


Trenchard Foundation Institute of Excellence

The Institute of Excellence, sponsored by The Trenchard Foundation, is the individualized retention program focusing on academics, professional growth, and campus involvement. It pushes students to achieve their academic and personal goals by giving them access to programming to meet academic and social needs, as well as leadership experiences.

The IOE helps each student through:

  • One-on-one meetings with NCPA Retention Coordinator
  • Individualized retention plans
  • Grade-specific seminars
  • Social, leadership, and character building events throughout the year

The Trenchard Foundation has partnered with the Nebraska College Preparatory Academy to cover the cost of college at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, including tuition, books, room and board, and fees for students who complete the NCPA high school requirements.

In recognition of this generous contribution, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln component of NCPA has been named The Trenchard Foundation Institute of Excellence.

Nebraska’s partnership with the Trenchard Foundation provides first-generation and low-income Nebraska students with the financial assistance to attain the dream of a college education. Students will enter their professional careers with a strong community of support and without the added burden of debt thanks to this generous donation.

Trenchard Foundation

The Trenchard Foundation

In 2004, Bob Trenchard founded The Barbara Trenchard Foundation to honor Barbara after she passed away. Barbara was always full of life, actively involved in community and church activities as well as being a loving wife, devoted mother and best friend of many. She had a goal of starting a scholarship fund. Before partnering with NCPA, the foundation awarded 32 scholarships to outstanding students who have needed financial assistance to attend college. In 2016, the name was changed to The Trenchard Foundation to honor Barbara’s son, Trey Trenchard, and his brother, Todd Trenchard. In 2018, The Trenchard Foundation was gifted to the NCPA through the University of Nebraska Foundation.

We would like to express our gratitude for this generous contribution to Bob Trenchard, Norma Chaparro Trenchard, Jill Trenchard and all members of The Trenchard Foundation Board of Directors.

If you would like to support NCPA, please contact:

Steve Hill Senior Director of Gift Planning
University of Nebraska Foundation



Your commitment to NCPA is important and helps you succeed at achieving your goals.

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NCPA Scholar Commitments 2014—2015 Academic Year

The terms of your NCPA Scholar Commitments are as follows:

  1. An amount equal to 1/2 of your annual commitment will be credited to your centralized billing account each semester. If your total financial aid exceeds your university charges for a given semester, you will receive a refund for the difference from the Office of Student Accounts.
  2. You must register for at least 12 credit hours during each semester of the academic year (fall and spring semesters).
  3. To receive the NCPA Financial Promise Package, you must be making satisfactory progress toward a degree as defined by the University’s Policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid Recipients.
  4. This commitment will be discontinued if you:
    • withdraw from school,
    • are not full-time by the end of first week of classes,
    • fail to register for consecutive academic year semesters (fall and spring).
      (Unless an exception is granted in advance of the period of absence because of special circumstances. Special circumstances must be approved by the NCPA Director.)
  5. Renewal of this NCPA Financial Promise Package for each subsequent year is dependent upon:
    • the recipient maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 2.50.
    • eligibility to receive Federal Pell Grant program funding. (Students may be removed from the NCPA Financial Promise after the fall and/or spring semesters.)
  6. You will be required to be an active participant in the NCPA Institute of Excellence (IOE) retention program each year you are awarded the NCPA financial package.
  7. You must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1 each year and no later than April 1. File your application at: