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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This co-presentation of the Angel Island Conservancy and the Mill Valley Film Festival is a fundraiser for the park, where the money raised will go toward park improvements and a scholarship program. Pam Grady,, "Bay Area filmmaker’s short at SF Jewish fest inspired by Jerusalem graffiti," 12 July 2018 Students also are instructed in college readiness, such as applying for college, financial aid and scholarship programs. Eric Stirgus, ajc, "Clark Atlanta University receives $4.5 million for two federal grants," 6 July 2018 For information on the scholarship program, visit Adrianne Richardson, miamiherald, "Credit union awards 15 four-year, full-tuition scholarships," 3 July 2018 One big one is our college scholarship program for high school students. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "12,000 Elks in S.A., not one fez. We find out why," 28 June 2018 Celebrating its 27th anniversary, the non-profit Living Legends Foundation not only aids those in need but also funds a scholarship program for HBCU students who are pursuing music and entertainment careers. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "Epic's Sylvia Rhone, Roc Nation's Azim Rashid to Chair Living Legends Awards Gala," 7 June 2018 Proceeds from the race will support a scholarship program in Doyon's name at Pope Francis High School. Dennis Hohenberger, Courant Community, "Road Race Honors Fallen Sailor," 6 June 2018 The Miss America Organization is a scholarship program. Washington Post, "Current Miss America: Scholarships don’t rely on swimsuits," 6 June 2018 The Louisiana Legislature approved a budget Monday (June 4) that makes dramatic cuts to the TOPS scholarship program, public universities and other state agencies. Julia O'donoghue,, "Louisiana Legislature passes skeleton budget that cuts TOPS, higher ed," 4 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 \

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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