High School Scholars

High School Scholars

Succeed in NCPA

NCPA provides academic, social, and college preparation to NCPA Scholars throughout high school. Active participation is essential to success. Activities include:

  • 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

High School Events

View schedule of events/seminars for Omaha and Grand Island

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Event Permission Forms

Code of Conduct

English / Spanish

Medical Release

English / Spanish

Travel Authorization

English / Spanish

School Year Projects

Capstone Project


All NCPA Scholars must complete a capstone research project their senior year to successfully complete the NCPA high school component. Each April scholars showcase their projects, which paves the way for their next step of collegiate thinking and research. Scholars have researched topics such as cerebral palsy, childhood obesity, and the caste system in India.

Capstone Deadlines

Capstone Deadlines

Grand Island

Date Topic
March 24, 2017 Poster draft due
March 25–31, 2017 Feedback and corrections
April 7, 2017 Final poster due
April 19, 2017 Senior Showcase and Recognition Reception


Date Topic
November 14, 2016 Draft One Due
December 5, 2016 Draft Two Due & One-on-one Conference Plan Due
December 19, 2016 Draft Three Due & Self Rubric, Peer Rubric (2) Due
January 16, 2017 Final Draft Due
March 13, 2017 Draft of Poster Due
March 27, 2017 Final Poster Due & Mock Poster Presentations
April 12, 2017 Senior Showcase and Recognition Reception

Senior Showcase

Senior Showcase

Held each April, this event is held to showcase senior’s capstone projects. Younger NCPA scholars, as well as high school and middle school teachers are recognized for their hard work and contributions.

Project Deadlines
Register to Attend

Senior Showcase Deadlines

Senior Deadlines
Date Topic
November 1 Apply to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln
November 1 Submit Enrollment Deposit Deferral Form
December 13 Last date to take ACT if you have not completed two attempts previously
January 15 Complete and submit personal statement via MyRed
February 1 Apply for Susan T. Buffett Scholarship
February 1 apply to University diversity enhancement scholarships via MyRed
March 1 Sign up for on-campus housing
April 1 Last day to complete FAFSA
April 15 Sign up for New Student Enrollment Date
June 1 Complete any additional FAFSA/financial aid requirements
June 1 Submit final college & high school transcripts to the University

Summer Camps

Summer Stars

Summer NCPA Stars

Summer Stars sessions help you retain information from the previous school year and carry it into the upcoming year to continue your success. Scholars receive enhanced academic engagement during the summer by attending classes that assist with math, English, writing and life skills.

Grand Island

Date Time Event Location
May 11, 2017 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Orientation Grand Island Senior High
June 5–30 TBD Summer Stars Grand Island Senior High


Date Audience Location
Monday, June 4–Friday, June 29 Classes of 2019, 2020 & 2021 Omaha North High
Science Camps

Summer Science Camps

NCPA Summer Science Camps are free for NCPA scholars and are a great way to learn about science and University of Nebraska–Lincoln campuses. Scholars are required to attend each summer they are in high school (before 10th, 11th and 12th grade).

Renewal Process

Students and parents must complete renewal evaluations and submit contact information each school year they participate in NCPA.

Deadline: May 15

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