VA-NC Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation

Initiated in 2007, with support from the National Science Foundation, the VA-NC LSAMP Project is dedicated to increasing the recruitment and retention of students from underrepresented minority groups that pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Click here for more information.

The Alliance, led by the University of Virginia, encourages these individuals to earn baccalaureate degrees and pursue a graduate education in STEM preferably in one of the partner-institutions from Virginia and North Carolina.

Alliance Partners:

  • University of Virginia
  • Bennett College
  • Elizabeth City State University
  • George Mason University
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • Piedmont Virginia Community College
  • St. Augustine College
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Tech University

Being an LSAMP Scholar

LSAMP Scholars at Bennett are truly ladies of distinction. First and foremost, an LSAMP Scholar must be a STEM Major (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math/Computer Science). Beyond meeting this basic qualification, scholars must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better, participate in at least 80% of LSAMP sponsored activities, and demonstrate strong leadership skills. Upon completing an application, prospective scholars are then interviewed. Selected LSAMP Scholars are mentored and expected to participate in at least one summer research opportunity at one of our partner institutions/or other available sites.

LSAMP scholars receive a stipend (per semester) and are able to participate in a variety of enrichment and support activities offered to STEM majors through the Center for Math/Science Success at the Division of Natural & Behavioral Sciences and Mathematics. We want to ensure that our LSAMP Scholars, as well as their fellow Bennett Belles, maintain the highest standard of academic excellence.

Upon graduation, LSAMP scholars will be eligible to apply for graduate school support through the LSAMP “Bridge to Doctorate Program” where they receive full tuition support and a stipend of $30,000 per year from the National Science Foundation (for the first two years of graduate study).

Scholarship Application

NSF LSAMP Scholarship Application

Contact Information

Dr. Cristina Moreira
LSAMP Project Director
Phone: (336) 517-2293