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 Also singled out for recognition were the top 25 individuals in scholarship offers. Steve Sadin,, "Lake County students walk away from Illinois High School Art Exhibition with more than $5 million in scholarships," 3 May 2021 The Florida native received several scholarship offers from schools in power conferences before deciding to head to Ole Miss., "Three things to know about Patriots draft pick and receiver Tre Nixon," 2 May 2021 As a 6-0, 215-pound prospect, McGowan received 27 scholarship offers and had announced Texas A&M, Georgia and USC as his other top considerations while being recruited. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "Report: Oklahoma RB Seth McGowan enters transfer portal," 29 Apr. 2021 Tolan, 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, has more than 30 scholarship offers after opening the 2020 season with no offers.., "Former Toho linebacker DeMario Tolan opens spring as Dr. Phillips transfer," 26 Apr. 2021 New Manchester, has around 15 scholarship offers from schools including Arkansas, Georgia Tech, TCU, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, Colorado and others. Richard Davenport, Arkansas Online, "Get to know Razorback target Kharyssa Richardson," 22 Apr. 2021 Lawrence won the same award the following spring of 2015, and college scholarship offers began pouring in. Gene Frenette, USA TODAY, "Trevor Town: Small Georgia community helped shape likely No. 1 NFL draft pick Trevor Lawrence," 18 Apr. 2021 College coaches definitely took notice, with Wisconsin, Illinois and Creighton among the schools that have made scholarship offers. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marquette's Shaka Smart already making local hoops talent a priority," 12 Apr. 2021 And the scholarship offers are beginning to reflect as there’s been a surge of Power 5 conference interest. oregonlive, "Oregon HS football: Westview’s Darrius Clemons adds Alabama offer; Central Catholic’s Riley Williams picks up ACC offer," 9 Apr. 2021

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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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5 May 2021

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“Scholarship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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