schol·​ar·​ship ˈskä-lər-ˌship How to pronounce scholarship (audio)
: a grant-in-aid to a student (as by a college or foundation)
: the character, qualities, activity, or attainments of a scholar : learning
: a fund of knowledge and learning
drawing on the scholarship of the ancients
Choose the Right Synonym for scholarship

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Bruins have added Louisville guard Skyy Clark and USC forward Kobe Johnson and now have three scholarships available. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2024 The Razorbacks' two high school signees -- Isaiah Elohim and Jalen Shelley -- both asked for scholarship releases after Eric Musselman resigned as Arkansas' coach last Thursday to take the Southern Cal job. Bob Holt,, 12 Apr. 2024 The Miami Hurricanes stand five players above the 85 player scholarship limit and hope to add at least five transfers who can play major roles next season. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 11 Apr. 2024 The department estimates roughly 7 million applications have already been submitted and sent off to schools and scholarship organizations, though some may need to be reprocessed. Haley Messenger, NBC News, 11 Apr. 2024 Nolan, although tall and 180 pounds, was not offered his OSU scholarship until late in his senior year. Jim Lindgren, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Apr. 2024 Advocates who have been working with the victims’ families embraced the scholarship as a first step toward honoring the men. Teo Armus, Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2024 Because of the higher sticker price, a student's overall scholarship at a private institution tends to be higher. Kristen Moon, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Born in New York City, Gossett Jr. was a high school athlete who later went to New York University on a basketball and drama scholarship, which led to his eventual Broadway debut in a 1953 production of Take a Giant Step., 29 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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 24 Apr. 2024.

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schol·​ar·​ship ˈskäl-ər-ˌship How to pronounce scholarship (audio)
: money given (as by a college) to a student to help pay for further education
: the character, qualities, or achievements of a scholar

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