The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation 

The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation is funded by the National Science Foundation. This program is part of the SUNY LSAMP Alliance, and has been helping change the shape of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and forging new opportunities for underrepresented minority students in New York State.  The program seeks to increase the number of underrepresented minority students who successfully complete bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and to improve the retention rate and academic success of minority students at SUNY LSAMP institutions.

about louis stokes

Louis Stokes played a pivotal role in the quest for civil rights, equality and social and economic justice throughout his tenure in the United States Congress.

Mr. Stokes was educated in the Cleveland Public Schools, graduating from Central High School. Following three years of service in the United States Army, he returned to Cleveland and attended Western Reserve University. He earned his Doctor of Laws Degree from Cleveland Marshall Law School in 1953.

Prior to serving in Congress, Mr. Stokes practiced law for 14 years and was one of the founders of Stokes, Character, Terry, Perry, Whitehead, Young and Davidson law firm. As a practicing lawyer, Mr. Stokes participated in three cases in the United States Supreme Court, including arguing the landmark “stop and frisk” case of Terry v. Ohio. On November 6, 1968, Mr. Stokes was elected to the United States Congress and became the first African American member of Congress from the State of Ohio. He served 15 consecutive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 11th overall in House seniority.

During his tenure in Congress, Mr. Stokes chaired several important committees, including, most notably, the House Select Committee on Assassinations, the Ethics Committee, the House Intelligence Committee, and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs, HUD and Independent Agencies. He was the dean of the Ohio Congressional Delegation, a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, and he served on the House Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions with Iran. His work in the area of health led to his appointment as a member of the Pepper Commission on Comprehensive Health Care, and he was the founder and chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust.

When Mr. Stokes retired, he became the first African American in the history of the U.S. Congress to retire having completed 30 years in office. Following his service in Congress, he became senior counsel at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P., a global law firm, and senior visiting scholar at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University. He was appointed to serve as vice chairman of the PEW Environmental Health Commission at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and was appointed by former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna E. Shalala as chairman of the Advisory Committee on Minority Health.

Having passed away in 2015, Mr. Stokes had through the years received numerous awards and honors that recognized his national leadership and strong commitment to public service. Several institutions, including Howard University in Washington, D.C., and the National Institutes of Health, recognized Mr. Stokes by naming certain buildings on their campuses after him. He was the recipient of 26 honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities across the nation.



To be eligible for LSAMP, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be either a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the United States.
  • Underrepresented Students: African American/Black or Hispanic/Latino
  • Must have an ultimate goal of obtaining a bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics
  • Must be enrolled as a full-time student
  • Must be declared in one of the following majors: Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Mathematics, and Teacher Education in Mathematics and Science
  • Textbook Stipends (issued at the beginning of each semester)
  • Supplemental academic advising
  • Internship opportunities with private corporations and government laboratories
  • Supervised research opportunities
  • Employment, scholarship or educational references
  • Participation in state-wide and national conferences
  • 50% discount with Kaplan Test Prep and Educational CenterGraduate school exam preparation
  • Variety of workshops and seminars that include enrichment workshops and special skills development workshops
  • One-on-one and group tutoring in chemistry, biology and physics
  • Pre-Freshmen Summer Residential Program
  • Peer mentoring program for first-year students
  • Day of service activities (provide education and career information to grades 6-12 promoting access for historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students to STEM fields and the licensed professions).
  • Diabetes Awareness and Education Course (offered each fall)