Jesse Han and Ishrat Singh, both of Irmo are two of 18 South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) students who were recently named National Merit Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). They are now eligible for continued competition in the National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP).

Han is the son of Miyoung and Whiejong Han. Singh is the son of Baljinder Kaur and Jagjit Singh.

“We congratulate our National Merit Semifinalists and wish them continued success through this competition,” said Dr. Hector Flores, GSSM president. “Their success is another testament to our students’ commitment and dedication excellence.”

NMSC chose about 16,000 Semifinalists from across the nation. All of the students became immediately competitive for about 7,500 scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.

The program begins with students taking the Preliminary SAT (PSAT). Semifinalists across the nation are then named based on the highest-scoring entrants in each state. A student becomes a finalist based on academic record, high school principal endorsement and an SAT score confirming their qualifying test score.

About 90 percent of Semifinalists are expected to become finalists and over half of the finalists will be awarded scholarships. Awards will be announced beginning in April 2018 and concluding in June. For more information, visit