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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Rucker earned a scholarship to Eastern Michigan, where the 6-foot-4, 265-pound defensive tackle was expected to make an impact. Pat Disabato, Daily Southtown, "Disabato: Harvey native Keith Rucker 'about giving back and paying it forward' with youth football camp," 10 July 2018 Winner, Special Reportage Prize: Tahia Farhin Haque Tahia Farhin Haque is based in Bangladesh and was a biochemistry major until receiving a full scholarship to a photography school in Dhaka. Sarah Nechamkin, The Cut, "Meet the Finalists for the New Vanguard Photography Prize," 2 July 2018 She was given a full scholarship to Queen's University in Canada to get her Ph.D. in organic chemistry. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brookfield company president's wife banned from entering United States," 2 July 2018 The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women, created in 1971, holds a partnership with the magnet school to offer annual scholarships to alumni. Adrianne Richardson, miamiherald, "Students get $1.000 scholarships from Commission for Women," 2 July 2018 That opportunity eventually came to Mr. Bruce, the Carthage College graduate, through a scholarship from College to Congress, a nonprofit that provides low-income students with a $10,000 stipend. Catie Edmondson, New York Times, "Fighting Privilege: The Senate Finally Wants to Pay Its Interns," 28 June 2018 Mercilus eventually earned a scholarship to Illinois. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans' Whitney Mercilus on early football days: 'I was a toothpick'," 21 June 2018 Participants initially receive career counseling, customer service training and conflict resolution, along with a small stipend, and then a full scholarship to a job-training program aimed to set them up for a lifetime of successful employment. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Denver non-profit CrossPurpose seeks to rebuild neighborhood bonds," 21 June 2018 Olmo — who began dancing at just 4 years old — attended high school in California but made her way to New York City to pursue her passion for dance after receiving a scholarship to the Broadway Dance Center program. Melody Chiu,, "Taylor Swift's Backup Dancer Involved in Car Accident: 'We're All Wishing Her a Speedy Recovery'," 14 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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