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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Bortles’s foundation, which raised around $200,000 at this year’s charity golf tournament, has sponsored C.J. and a total of 15 scholarships over the past two years, about one-quarter of the summer life program’s participants. Jenny Vrentas,, "For Many NFL Players, Summer Doesn't Bring Much of a Break," 9 July 2018 While Kulwicki’s story has been an inspiration to Mondeik, so has that of Ty Majeski, the first winner of the Kulwicki scholarship in 2015. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Where racing will take him, Justin Mondeik can't be sure, but he's eager to follow the road," 9 July 2018 Clubs are not included in the price, but Mentz says the program offers a lot of scholarships that can help those unable to buy clubs or register get the money needed to play. Christopher Hanna,, "Goodwin Park Offers Kids Golf Lessons Through PGA Junior League," 8 July 2018 The new images triggered a wave of scholarship into Epicurean philosophy, which had been poorly understood compared with the rival ideas of Plato, Aristotle or the Stoics. Henrik Knudsen, Smithsonian, "Buried by the Ash of Vesuvius, These Scrolls Are Being Read for the First Time in Millennia," 26 June 2018 Our children are all the recipients of this scholarship. Thomas Farragher,, "Paul Sullivan died in Vietnam 50 years ago. And his family has kept his memory alive ever since," 22 June 2018 The loss of a scholarship, additional educational costs, and lost income were all factors in the ruling's total. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "Ex who dashed her boyfriend's dream with a fake rejection letter must pay more than $200K," 15 June 2018 For his work, Landis earned the Google Student Veterans of America scholarship, designated for veterans pursuing university degrees in the field of computer science. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "Army Vet and Father of 3 Children with Autism Builds Technology to Help the Physically Disabled," 15 June 2018 But being just as successful in basketball and standing at 6-8 at the time, Richard earned a plethora of basketball scholarships, almost leading him on a path away from the mound. Shaun Goodwin, kansascity, "From baseball All-Star to homeless to minister: J.R. Richard's journey," 9 June 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 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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