noun schol·ar·ship \-ˌship\

: an amount of money that is given by a school, an organization, etc., to a student to help pay for the student's education

: serious formal study or research of a subject

Full Definition of SCHOLARSHIP

:  a grant-in-aid to a student (as by a college or foundation)
:  the character, qualities, activity, or attainments of a scholar :  learning
:  a fund of knowledge and learning <drawing on the scholarship of the ancients>


  1. She got a scholarship to Yale University.
  2. The organization is offering five $5,000 scholarships.
  3. The essay is a work of serious scholarship.
  4. The book is about his life and scholarship.

First Known Use of SCHOLARSHIP

circa 1536

Synonym Discussion of SCHOLARSHIP

knowledge, learning, erudition, scholarship mean what is or can be known by an individual or by humankind. knowledge applies to facts or ideas acquired by study, investigation, observation, or experience <rich in the knowledge of human nature>. learning applies to knowledge acquired especially through formal, often advanced, schooling <a book that demonstrates vast learning>. erudition strongly implies the acquiring of profound, recondite, or bookish learning <an erudition unusual even in a scholar>. scholarship implies the possession of learning characteristic of the advanced scholar in a specialized field of study or investigation <a work of first-rate literary scholarship>.

Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis
SCHOLARSHIP Defined for Kids


noun schol·ar·ship \ˈskä-lər-ˌship\

Definition of SCHOLARSHIP for Kids

:  money given a student to help pay for further education
:  serious academic study or research of a subject


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