Matthew Foldi of Bethesda, a junior at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, has won a National Strategic Language Initiative for Youth award to continue his Mandarin studies in China this summer.
He’s one of about 625 winners of the scholarships, which are funded by the State Department, according to a news release from the program.
Foldi will live for six weeks with a host family in Hangzhou, where he’ll study at a local high school. He has spent the last two summers studying Chinese at Brigham Young University’s federally funded Startalk program.
Foldi’s foreign language studies don’t end with Chinese. Last summer, he was one of three Maryland high-schoolers to win a scholarship to study Spanish at the Condordia Language camp in Minnesota.
Foreign language studies run in Foldi’s family. His brother Jonathan, an eighth-grader at the Smith school, plans to study Chinese at Brigham Young this summer, and both brothers study Chinese at home with a tutor.