Providing academically-talented, first-generation high school scholars with social, academic and financial resources to be successful as NCPA college scholars.
Investing in Nebraska’s Future
The Nebraska College Preparatory Academy (NCPA) is an innovative college access program that prepares academically-talented, first-generation, income eligible students in grades 9-12 for college and their future careers. Starting in high school, NCPA scholars participate in a curriculum focused on science and math, as well as honors and AP courses, preparing them for the rigors of college coursework. NCPA scholars who successfully complete NCPA high school requirements will have access to the support of a community of peers, academic support and personal development opportunities throughout college. NCPA’s college scholars also receive full financial assistance to pay the cost of college, including tuition, books, room and board, and fees. It is imperative to NCPA's mission that finances should never impede a student's dream of attaining a college degree.
What NCPA Provides
Oftentimes, the starting line for college can be different for first-generation, low-income high school students—so preparing for college often requires more than academic and social readiness and financial resources. NCPA provides its high school scholars academic, social and college preparation to excel in college through the Pillars of Excellence to develop their knowledge, character and commitment:
- KNOWLEDGE: NCPA scholars strive to gain new and innovative knowledge by achieving academic success both inside and outside of the classroom.
- CHARACTER: NCPA scholars will make moral and ethical decisions, promote honesty, and carry themselves with integrity.
- COMMITMENT: NCPA scholars illustrate their commitment by meeting obligations set by the NCPA program, their respective high schools, and the college they attend.
Who NCPA Serves
NCPA serves academically-talented students from first-generation, low-income families from our four local high schools—Omaha North High Magnet School, Omaha South High Magnet School, Grand Island Senior High, and Winnebago Public High School.
NCPA SCHOLAR SUCCESS STORIES
KNOWLEDGE, CHARACTER, AND COMMITMENT
My childhood taught me to be independent, brave and a leader. Most importantly, it taught me never to let the world push me down. NCPA is the reason I am ambitious and the reason I can go to college.
FINDING SUPPORT SYSTEM
Karla Hernandez Granillo
Both of my parents are from Hidalgo, Mexico. My number one goal is always to make my family proud, which is something I have stuck to these past few years.
My favorite part of NCPA is how supportive the NCPA scholars and staff are. NCPA has opened many doors for me and made me more confident.
Learn more about how NCPA’s proven model has positively impacted the lives of its scholars and their families.Student Success Stories