bur·​sa·​ry ˈbər-sə-rē How to pronounce bursary (audio)
plural bursaries
: the treasury of a college or monastery
British : a monetary grant to a needy student : scholarship

Examples of bursary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The prize comes with a €15,000 ($16,000) cash bursary. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Nov. 2023 The festival, the Directors Guild of Canada and Warner Bros. Discovery Access Canada also named Elza Kephart of Midnight Kingdom Films as the first recipient of the Jean-Marc Vallée bursary in memory of the late Canadian director behind Dallas Buyers Club and Big Little Lies. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 June 2023 May are runners up, and three further finalists (Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller, Laith Elzubaidi, and Katie Payne will receive bursaries to help develop their next live performance. Patrick Frater, Variety, 15 June 2023 The Lolas come with lucrative cash bursaries — $536,000 (€500,000) for the best film honor — and German academy voters may be reluctant to reward a movie made with the backing of a global streaming giant. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Mar. 2023 The fund, supported by the Fleabag for Charity campaign and funds donated to the Fringe Society, will distribute 50 bursaries of £2,000 to individual artists or companies bringing work to the Fringe in 2023. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 7 Mar. 2023 Yet Williams won a coveted government scholarship that enabled him to continue studying beyond the age of eleven, then an even rarer bursary to complete his secondary schooling, and finally, after three years of trying, one of the island’s two annual scholarships to a British university. Fara Dabhoiwala, The New York Review of Books, 1 July 2021 The prize for best first feature film, which comes with a $52,800 ($50,000) bursary, went to the Austrian-Argentinian drama The Klezmer Project from directors Leandro Koch and Paloma Schachmann, which screened in Berlin’s Encounters program. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Feb. 2023 Lion of the Future prize, given to the best first feature, which comes with a $100,000 cash bursary. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 July 2022 See More

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Word History


Medieval Latin bursaria, from bursa

First Known Use

1695, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bursary was in 1695

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“Bursary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bursary. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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