schol·ar·ship | \ ˈskä-lər-ˌship \

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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Florida, Pittsburgh, Illinois, Oklahoma and Iowa State all offered scholarships during the tournament. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Pendleton County star Dontaie Allen shines as Calipari and Mack watch," 14 July 2018 College staff will help adults learn how to apply to college, check out available degrees and certificate options, evaluate prior college credits, and understand financial aid and scholarships. Michelle Mullins, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin News Digest," 13 July 2018 Limited scholarships are available through funding from the Health Museum and various grants. Alex Park, Houston Chronicle, "Youths explore medicine at Global Teen Medical Summit," 13 July 2018 The Observer’s Summer Camp Fund is funding two scholarships this summer to the program. Page Leggett, charlotteobserver, "At these YMCA camps, kids learn to sail, take in nature and 'make friends for life'," 12 July 2018 Six students received scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Program. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "Poway Unified students win National Merit scholarships," 12 July 2018 Proceeds from the Circle City Classic game, played in Lucas Oil Stadium, go to scholarships. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018 It’s easier to make things work at a scholarship-level program. Mike Jensen,, "Arcadia basketball coach Justin Scott went on vacation, picked up a second job," 10 July 2018 More than two-thirds of undergrads receive some form of financial aid, and approximately 55 percent are given grants or scholarships. Alex Bhattacharji, Town & Country, "Can USC Survive Scandal and Shed Its Spoiled-Kid Reputation Once and For All?," 10 July 2018

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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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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 \

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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