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Ana Cortez Martir, a junior from Omaha South Magnet High School, works with her team as they develop a business pitch during their session at the College of Business.

NCPA camps bring college into focus for budding scholars

All members of the Nebraska College Preparatory Academy, the budding scholars are attending specialized summer camps, each session designed to introduce them to college life at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Bruce E. Mackey, a 1955 graduate of the College of Business, has committed a $1.6 million estate gift to support Husker students through scholarships and academic programs.

Alumnus commits $1.6M estate gift to make college possible for more

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln has announced a $1.6 million estate gift from alumnus and retired insurance executive Bruce E. Mackey to support students through scholarships and academic programs.

19 Grand Island Senior High students graduating from the Nebraska College Preparatory Academy gathered onstage.

GISH seniors graduate from Nebraska College Preparatory Academy

A program Wednesday night honored 19 Grand Island High School seniors who are on their way to having their college educations paid for, most of them at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Abby Javier-Paxtle sitting outside on a sunny day.

NCPA helped Javier-Paxtle soar as first-gen student

Abby Javier-Paxtle is a human development and family science and Spanish major with minors in sociology and women’s and gender studies. As a first-generation college student, she’s serving as a role model for her family and fellow Huskers on campus.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Ronnie Green claps for Nebraska College Preparatory Academy seniors who were awarded with certificates confirming their admission to University of Nebraska for the 2022-23 academic year at Omaha North High School on Tuesday.

UNL chancellor presents 50 OPS students with admission to university

One by one, the Omaha North High School students walked across the stage and were handed a shiny bright red envelope from University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Ronnie Green.

Seven members of the Grand Island Senior High speech team competed at the state Class A meet Saturday, which took place virtually. From left are Belle Cavill, Bailey Brooks, Anne Martinez, Tim Troxel, Daizy Pineda-Dominguez, Elaine Abrajan-Gutierrez and Ava Stein. (Courtesy photo)

In winning state speech presentation, Anne Martinez shares her family’s story

Anne Martinez gets emotional when she talks about her family’s move from Cuba to the United States.

Saquiche Dominguez in graduation cap and gown smiling at camera.

Campus, family supports help Dominguez realize collegiate dreams

There were days when college didn’t seem possible for Carolina Saquiche Dominguez.

Three graduates in regalia.

14 years in, preparatory academy celebrates record grad rates

The NCPA is on track to graduate 90% of its class of 2016 members, a new record for the program.

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Love Library's iconic cupola at night.

To Guide First-Generation Students, U. of Nebraska Reaches Into High Schools

As an eighth grader in Grand Island, Neb., Abel Covarrubias dreamed of attending the University of Nebraska’s flagship campus, in Lincoln. It was only about 100 miles away, but he had no sense of how to get there.

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Love Library's iconic cupola at night.

Local View: Despite scandal, college admissions system isn't rigged

The latest news reports show wealthy and famous parents walking into courthouses to face fraud charges related to their efforts to get their children admitted into elite colleges.

Hayda Rapalo and family on stairs. Photo Credit: Barrett Stinson

One heart, two homes: Never leaving her Honduran roots behind

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.

Photo Credit: Marlenia Thornton

Grand Island Senior High students explore Chicago, careers as part of annual Nebraska College Preparatory Academy trip

Grand Island Senior High students who plan to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln were able to learn more about careers and explore Chicago during a recent trip.

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Love Library's iconic cupola at night.

NCPA prepares students for college

The Nebraska College Preparatory Academy program took off in 2006, providing counselors and teachers with resources to give opportunities to talented low-income first-generation students.

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Love Library's iconic cupola at night.

Nebraska College Preparatory Academy partners with Omaha's Metro Community College

The Nebraska College Preparatory Academy expanded its influence to include not only the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, but also Metropolitan Community College in Omaha.

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Love Library's iconic cupola at night.

Nebraska College Preparatory Academy expands

Nebraska College Preparatory Academy helps talented low income, first generation high school students. The academy is already offered at Omaha North and Grand Island Senior High, but now will be at Omaha South and Winnebago School.

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Love Library's iconic cupola at night.

Epilogue: UNL program grows since 2006 beginning

In 2006, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln started a program for certain high school students to prepare for college. If they met strict academic guidelines, the students would receive full scholarships to UNL. The program began with a few staff members and a goal: allow students who otherwise might not attend college to pursue their goals of attaining degrees.

Three graduates in regalia.

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University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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