High School Scholars

HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARS

NCPA is a testament of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln's commitment to provide Nebraska students access and opportunity into higher education.

PREPARATION FOR SUCCESS

NCPA selects promising eighth graders from first-generation, income-eligible families to join a cohort of their peers (NCPA scholars). Throughout high school, scholars demonstrate NCPA's Pillars of Excellence — Knowledge, Character and Commitment — by participating in:

  • The NCPA high school (grades 9-12) curriculum focused on science and math, as well as honors and AP courses, preparing them for the rigors of college coursework. Academic support, such as tutoring, is provided.
  • Mental health and personal wellness services and academic counseling.
  • A free summer school program and summer camp (held every summer).
  • Required service-learning and leadership development.

Following high school graduation, NCPA scholars who successfully maintain a 3.25 GPA and demonstrate exemplary character and commitment receive aid that pays the direct cost of attending Nebraska (tuition, fees, housing and meal plan, books, etc.).

HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLAR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • 100% of NCPA high school graduates pursue a degree at a university or community college. Nationally, 69.1% of high school graduates pursued a degree, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • NCPA scholars have an average cumulative GPA of 3.71.
  • NCPA has an 85% high school retention rate, which has increased for the seventh consecutive year, even after the program has increased its academic standards and implemented a rigorous selection process.
  • NCPA scholars’ overall average ACT score is 22.5, which is greater than the national average of 20.7.

RENEWAL PROCESS

Students and parents must complete renewal evaluations and submit contact information each school year they participate in NCPA. The deadline to submit is May 15 for the following year.

PROGRAM GOALS AND EXPECTATIONS

Your personal commitment is essential to participate in NCPA. In the event a student has missed meeting a program requirement, a process is available to help the student remain eligible to participate in NCPA.

Peer Mentor Program

The NCPA Mentor Program provides support to NCPA scholars at Omaha North and Omaha South High Schools aligning with the mission and goals of NCPA. Mentors are current University of Nebraska-Lincoln undergraduate students. Many of our Mentors are college scholars who completed NCPA's high school component and are seeking an opportunity to serve younger scholars.

Students interested in becoming mentors go through an interview process and are selected based on their previous experience, interest in working with diverse people, and the ability to connect with others. Mentors also attend on-going training aimed at enhancing their mentoring skills (i.e. mentoring skills, leadership skills, goal setting, and wellness workshops).

For more information, or to apply to become a Peer Mentor, please contact Vanessa Vaught at Vanessa.Vaught@unl.edu.

RECOGNITION RECEPTIONS

Each school year culminates with a recognition reception, which brings together scholars, their families, and educators to highlight and celebrate the year's accomplishments. The receptions include a Senior Showcase, where graduating seniors present their capstone research project. All NCPA scholars must complete a capstone project their senior year to successfully satisfy NCPA's high school requirements. Younger NCPA scholars, as well as high school and middle school teachers, are recognized for their hard work and contributions. 

For more information about upcoming recognition receptions, please contact NCPA at ncpa@unl.edu.

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

Moises Padilla
Contact Us

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