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Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
Louis Stokes (1925 - 2015) was the first African American in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served 30 years as the Ohio Congressman. He eventually went on to win a seat on the House Appropriations Committee. Stokes was the son of a widow who cleaned homes for a living.
He and his brother grew up in public housing during their childhood. After serving in a segregated army unit during WWII, Stokes attended college and law school and became a prominent attorney prior to running for office. As both a member and leader of congress, Stokes was a sponsor and
supporter of many bills and resolutions intended to assist disadvantaged populations.
While serving on the House Appropriations Committee, Stokes committed to rectifying the lack of underrepresented minorities in the STEM fields. In 1991, when a program to increase the number of underrepresented STEM degrees was mandated by Congress, Stokes’ colleagues opted to name the initiative the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) in his honor. Since the inception of LSAMP, over 500,000 baccalaureate degrees have been awarded to STEM majors.
Benefits of Becoming an LSAMP Scholar
The Metro Denver STEM Alliance offers LSAMP Scholars a community of peers, faculty, and staff committed to supporting students’ excellence in academics, personal and leadership development, and career preparation. While programming may differ across colleges, LSAMP Scholars will benefit from a variety of programs and services, including but not limited to the following:
- Personalized Mentorship
STEM Scholars will receive one-on-one STEM program, transfer, and career advising from ACC's LSAMP Navigator.
LSAMP Scholars can participate in 4-year university visits and receive personalized transfer resources.
- Industry Connections
LSAMP Scholars are invited to tour STEM industries, participate in STEM job shadowing opportunities, and work in STEM internships.
- Field Research
LSAMP Scholars are connected to field research opportunities in STEM projects happening around Colorado.
- Peer Learning
LSAMP Scholars can access supplemental and peer learning opportunities, such as peer tutoring.
LSAMP Scholars will have opportunities to attend workshops and seminars, as well as network with STEM professionals.
Eligibility Criteria for LSAMP Scholars
Students will be required to fulfill the following requirements each semester in order to maintain eligibility for participation in the LSAMP program.
- Full-time Enrollment
Be enrolled full time at a Metro Denver STEM Alliance institution (ACC, CCA, CCD, FRCC, or RRCC).
Meet regularly with ACC’s LSAMP Navigator.
Participate in college and industry visits, and other STEM programming.
Identify as an underrepresented minority student (African-American, Alaskan Native, American Indian/Native American, Hawaiian Native, Hispanic/Latino, and/or Native Pacific Islander).
Meet regularly with your Pathway Advisor.
Be enrolled or interested in a STEM related field.