WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 20: An installation of 857 empty school desks, representing the number of students nationwide who are dropping out every hour of every school day, is on display at the National Mall June 20, 2012 in Washington, DC. The installation was presented by not-for-profit organization College Board to call upon presidential candidates who are running for the White House to make education a more prominent issue in the 2012 campaigns and put the nation’s schools back on track. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

A local HBCU is giving seniors in high school a second chance to be accepted into college if their ACT or SAT scores weren’t high enough to get admitted.

Livingstone College’s retiring President Dr. Jimmy Jenkins started the BRIDGE program in 2006 as part of his legacy programming.

The program gives graduating high school seniors a second chance at admission if their high school grade-point average and SAT or ACT scores weren’t high enough for admission. The program is free for participating students.

Through the BRIDGE program, students are offered provisional admission upon their completion. Over the course of six weeks, they take rigorous core classes and participate in physical fitness, morning devotions and enrichment sessions, including field trips to Charleston and Greensboro.

Upon successful completion of the program, students gain seven credits toward their degrees and a $1,500 stipend toward their tuition. Once they finish – they’re accepted as full-time students for the fall.