Louis Stokes and LSAMP History

History of LSAMP

  • In 1991, the National Science Foundation created six Alliances for Minority Participation (AMP) programs - Alabama, California, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, Texas A&M, and Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities (WAESO - Arizona). 
  • In 1998, Louis Stokes' name was added to the program.
  • In 2003, the first Bridge to the Doctorate initiatives were funded.
  • In 2012, the pilot LSAMP Center of Excellence (the Louis Stokes Midwest Center of Excellence) was funded.
  • In 2016, the first Bridge to the Baccalaureate alliances were formed.
  • In 2018, NSF refunded the pilot Center of Excellence and funded five others.
  • Today, there are over 50 alliances. An interactive map of alliances and BD programs can be found at www.lsmrce.org. 

Louis Stokes

Louis Stokes Louis Stokes was an Ohio Congressman for 30 years. He was the first African American member of congress from the state of Ohio. The thrust of his career focused on advocacy for the poor and disadvantaged, especially those in urban America. He sponsored legislation to help people of color enter the intelligence community, fought for adequate housing for the poor, and oversaw the passage of the Disadvantaged Minority Health Improvement Act of 1989. Other legislative efforts included the sponsorship of programs for minority professionals in health and science and engineering at the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, respectively. He served under six presidents during his 30 years in Congress. More information and additional resources can be found at https://lsmce.org/about_louis_stokes.aspx. 

History of KY-WV LSAMP

  • The Kentucky-West Virginia LSAMP was created in 2006. 
  • Currently, there are 10 partner campuses including two community colleges and two HBCU's.
  • The current grant (NSF HRD #1826763) began in 2018.
  • In 2020, KY-WV LSAMP received funding for the first alliance BD initiative. The University of Kentucky is the host institution.