Future Scholars

Future Scholars

NCPA provides academic, social and college support. The program is designed for students whose parents have not earned a four year college degree. Students must also have financial need; typically those who are eligible for free and reduced lunch qualify.

MAKE COLLEGE A REALITY

NCPA provides academic, social and college support. The program is designed for students whose parents have not earned a four-year college degree. Students must also have financial need; typically those who are eligible for free and reduced lunch qualify. 

Students in NCPA will have the opportunity to:

  • Follow a college-preparatory academic schedule throughout high school.
  • Receive direct academic and personal support from an NCPA staff member.
  • Attend interactive summer camps at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
  • Participate in community service and leadership activities.
  • Be paired with a peer mentor.

Scholars who successfully complete NCPA requirements and maintain basic eligibility requirements will receive full financial assistance to pay the cost of college—including tuition, books, room and board, and fees.

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BASIC ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Current 8th grade student whose parents never earned a four-year degree.
  • Qualify for the free or reduced-price lunch program.
  • Nebraska resident and U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Will attend 9th-12th grade at Grand Island Senior High, Omaha North Magnet High School, Omaha South Magnet High School or Winnebago High School.
  • Has B average or above in middle school classes of math, science, social studies and English.
  • Prepared to take Algebra 1-2 as a freshman.
  • Commitment from parent or guardian.
  • Be prepared for honors courses freshman year.  

INFORMATION SESSIONS

Learn more about how the Nebraska College Preparatory Academy can help you achieve personal and academic success.

Attend an Information Session

APPLICATION PROCESS

1. COMPLETE APPLICATION
In order to be considered for review, you need to complete all application materials. 

  • Omaha's priority application deadline is November 1. NCPA will accept and review applications on a rolling basis until all spots are filled.
  • The application deadline for Grand Island future scholars is March 1.
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2. THE INTERVIEW PROCESS
If selected as a semi-finalist, you and your family will interview with the NCPA team for final selection. Please refer to the letter you received for further instructions on selecting an interview time. 

SCHOLARS OF THE ACADEMY

New NCPA scholars attend an overnight SCHOLARS OF THE ACADEMY summer camp at Nebraska a few weeks before the beginning of high school. 

At the SCHOLARS OF THE ACADEMY summer camp, scholars will get the opportunity to bond with their peers and staff to create the foundation of their new NCPA family. They will learn how to support each other and how to face difficult situations that may arise in high school. Scholars walk away with a sense of being united as a family.

RECREATION PERMISSION FORMS

Sign and return the forms in order to attend camp.

Nebraska College Preparatory Academy
1410 Q Street
Lincoln, NE 68588-0417

Contact Us

We're available and online during regular business hours to support you in any way we can. We encourage you to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns about NCPA or the application process.

Grand Island: Kali Moreno
Email: KMoreno3@UNL.edu
Phone: (402) 309-6267

Omaha South: Jena Mendoza
Email: JMendoza2@UNL.edu
Phone: (402) 309-6239

Omaha North: Bryce Dantzler
Email: Bryce.Dantzler@UNL.edu
Phone: (402) 219-4476

Para información en español
Correo electrónico: ncpa@unl.edu
Número de teléfono: (402) 472-2752
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Learn how you can support NCPA and their mission to support first-generation, low-income students graduate with a college degree.

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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

Moises Padilla
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Moises Padilla
Director of the Nebraska College Preparatory Academy
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
402-472-2752
ncpa@unl.edu