Four GSSM students each earn a full four-year scholarship through QuestBridge

December 13, 2021

The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science + Mathematics (GSSM) is pleased to announce that four GSSM students were awarded full, four-year, scholarships by QuestBridge National College Match.

Guadalupe Frias of Orangeburg County received the scholarship to attend Rice University in Houston, Texas.

Will Walker of Florence County will attend Yale University located in New Haven, Connecticut.

Ailani Fraser of Richland County will attend Wellesley College located in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Firdavs Nasriddinov of Horry County will attend Cal Tech located in Pasadena, California.

“We are extremely proud of our Questbridge match students who were among 16,500 applicants and 6,312 students selected as finalists,” said Dr. Jenifer Blair, GSSM College Director. “They stood out for their outstanding academic achievement among many highly qualified applicants. We know they will make positive contributions at the institutions they plan to attend in fall 2022.”

QuestBridge Match Scholarships are highly competitive and cover the total cost of attendance, including tuition, room and board, books and supplies, and travel expenses.

This year’s recipients have displayed the leadership, determination, and dedication to personal achievement that are hallmarks of GSSM students. We look forward to following these students as they pursue their academic and professional goals.

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About GSSM

One of the few specialized public residential high schools of its kind, the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science + Mathematics (GSSM) exists to push motivated young learners beyond their perceived levels of academic ability. Founded in 1988 under the leadership of the late Governor Carroll Campbell, GSSM has consistently raised the bar for STEM education in the Palmetto State. GSSM’s two-year residential high school program—as well as its virtual high school program, summer camps, and outreach programs—all invite young people to explore the subjects they love in a diverse, inclusive, and uncommonly supportive academic environment. Here, challenge is viewed as a gateway to opportunity. GSSM students embrace the school’s rigorous approach to education and in so doing begin to realize their full potential. Learn more by visiting