The University of Nebraska–Lincoln honored Nebraska College Preparatory Academy seniors as well as four Grand Island Public School teachers on April 27.
Held in Grand Island, the 2022 Senior Showcase and Recognition Reception celebrated the academy’s 19 seniors — 17 of which will enroll as first-year Huskers in the fall. The two other 2022 academy graduates from the Grand Island-based program will attend other colleges in the fall.
“We’re extremely grateful to NCPA scholars, families and Grand Island Public School teachers,” said Moi Padilla, director of the Nebraska College Preparatory Academy. “The mission of the academy is to prepare talented students for college and their future careers. We are looking forward to celebrating the many achievements of NCPA scholars.”
During the event, NCPA students presented senior capstone posters. The academic success of academy scholars and dedication of those who supported the students were also celebrated.
Educators honored include:
• Matthew LaCompte, Barr Middle School, Middle School Educator Award;
• Corey Farlee, Grand Island High School, High School Educator Award;
• Alexis Stockton, Grand Island High School, High School Educator Award; and
• Jeff Westerby, a counselor at Walnut Middle School, who is retiring and has supported students applying for the academy since it started 16 years ago.
Extraordinarily proud of each of these NCPA scholars. Cannot wait to welcome you all to campus this fall – I know you will continue to do great things! https://t.co/pRYKYFVouy
— Ronnie D. Green (@RonnieDGreen) April 28, 2022
Launched in 2006 and funded primarily through grants and charitable contributions, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Nebraska College Preparatory Academy is an innovative college access program that assists academically talented, first-generation, income-eligible students on their path to college and future career.
Students may apply for NCPA beginning in the eighth grade. During high school, the selected scholars participate in a curriculum that prepares them for the rigors of college coursework. Members of the cohort receive mentorship and leadership training. Scholars who successfully complete the NCPA high school requirements are guaranteed a full financial aid package to attend the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Throughout college, the students have access to counseling, academic support and personal development opportunities.
In the last nine years, 100% of NCPA high school participants have chosen to pursue a college degree. The scholars average a six-year graduation rate of 75% or higher — 12 points more than Nebraska’s average.
All college scholars are provided individualized college support through the academy’s Trenchard Foundation Institute of Excellence. Academy staff meet one-on-one with scholars to develop a plan to achieve their academic and personal goals.