Simon Mairzadeh, a CUNY BA/BS student studying “International Relations and Cultural Studies” is one of six CUNY recipients of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for 2009. The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students to pursue academic studies abroad. Prior to enrolling in CUNY BA/BS, Mairzadeh studied at Georgetown University, Hong Kong University, and Baruch College. His other experience includes teaching English in Shanghai, interning for the Asia Society in New York in their business program, and interning at the U.S. State Department as a Colin Powell Fellow in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. His goal after completing his B.A. is to join the Foreign Service, a job he says “requires an interdisciplinary understanding of the world.” In the Spring 2009 semester, Mairzadeh is studying at the American University in Dubai, hoping, among other things, to perfect his Farsi. In addition to the Gilman and Powell awards, Mairzadeh has previously received a C.V. Starr Study Abroad Fellowship and an Ambassadors Walter and Leonore Annenberg Fellowship.