schol·​ar·​ship | \ ˈskä-lər-ˌship How to pronounce scholarship (audio) \

Definition of scholarship

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

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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

Examples of scholarship in a Sentence

She got a scholarship to Yale University. The organization is offering five $5,000 scholarships. The essay is a work of serious scholarship. The book is about his life and scholarship.
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Recent Examples on the Web Oprah Winfrey last year donated $13 million to a Morehouse scholarship program. Eric Stirgus, ajc, "Morehouse College announces layoffs and furlough plan," 18 May 2020 Last, but definitely not least, the Kiwanis Club was also able to continue its annual scholarship program, awarding a total of $15,500 to 10 Brecksville and Broadview Heights seniors who display significant dedication to service in their lives. cleveland, "Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School senior earns Music Federation honor: Talk of the Towns," 7 May 2020 In his speech, Trump blamed the veto for costing Janiyah Davis, a black fourth-grader, a scholarship before announcing she would be awarded one. Mario Parker,, "Trump’s Plea to Black Voters Shows Find-a-Few Strategy," 6 May 2020 The Lobo First-Year Promise scholarship program was announced Thursday and is available to the Albuquerque campus’ incoming freshmen class. USA TODAY, "Mussel eco-tourism, Morgan Freeman, firework fix: News from around our 50 states," 14 Mar. 2020 The House majority refused to budge, and the resulting showdown briefly defunded state college scholarship programs and the state’s subsidy for rural electricity. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska House approves $4.5 billion state operating budget, setting record for speed," 4 Mar. 2020 Two bills that would create a private school scholarship tax credit program in Kentucky have yet to advance during the 2020 session. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "Group claims JCPS board member is threatening to delay graduation over school choice bill," 29 Feb. 2020 Fifth Third has reversed its decision last week to withdraw from a Florida scholarship program that had reportedly failed to protect LGBTQ students from discrimination. Erin Glynn,, "Fifth Third reverses LGBTQ decision to pull out of Florida scholarship program," 7 Feb. 2020 The university hopes to diminish processing times for awarding scholarships, as well. Emily Walkenhorst, Arkansas Online, "Keeping students key goal at UALR," 22 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of scholarship

circa 1536, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of scholarship was circa 1536

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“Scholarship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of scholarship

: 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


schol·​ar·​ship | \ ˈskä-lər-ˌship How to pronounce scholarship (audio) \

Kids Definition of scholarship

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

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