University of Nebraska College Preparatory Academy

Effective 2018, The Trenchard Foundation will help fund the University of Nebraska Preparatory Academy.  We are proud of our work providing scholarships to students in the Permian Basin since 2005 and very proud of how well these students have done.  Almost all have graduated or on course to graduate in four years, many with honors. The graduates have gone on to successful careers in their chosen fields.  Our scholarship recipients have typically been first in their family to attend college, all have had financial need and all had outstanding high school achievements.


The decision to fund the University of Nebraska program rather than provide scholarships in the Permian Basin was made after carefully considering how we can best accomplish good with our money in the future.  We are sad to no longer be able to provide scholarships to students in the West Texas and Southeast New Mexico region but look forward to our new mission. It is our goal for the foundation to continue long after the present officers and directors are gone. After spending substantial time investigating options, we believe that University of Nebraska Foundation can be counted on to continue our work.  We look forward to working with them to assist at risk children reach a dream of a college education.


The Trenchard Foundation funds scholarships for students in the Nebraska College Preparatory Academy (NCPA). NCPA prepares first-generation and low-income students to achieve excellence throughout high school and college. Students enroll in NCPA their first year of high school and are challenged to grow professionally and academically through personal advising, tutors, mentors, life-skill seminars, personal wellness coaching, summer camps, and more. The Trenchard Foundation assists in covering the cost of college at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, including tuition, books, room and board, and fees for students who complete the NCPA high school requirements.

NCPA support services continue throughout college. In fall 2017, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln will name the retention program that serves NCPA college students the Trenchard Foundation Institute of Excellence. Through the support of the Trenchard Foundation, students receive one-on-one meetings with NCPA retention coordinators, individualized retention plans, and grade-specific seminars. They also attend social, leadership, and character building events throughout the year. As a result of these intensive student services, NCPA scholars have a 90% college retention rate (8% higher than the UNL average), and an 80% graduation rate (13% higher than the UNL average). The Trenchard Foundation is proud to provide these services to support our overarching goal: making a college education available to all.

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