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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The scholarships go to low-income students who want to attend a school where the tuition is less than $14,000. Liz Bowie,, "Maryland’s ban of Christian school from voucher program over its beliefs about gays triggers lawsuit, with broad implications," 15 July 2019 Seniors Rachel Schneider and Briana Bush were awarded with scholarship certificates and $1,000 toward tuition. Shiela Johnson,, "North Carroll: Scholarships awarded to local students; National Night Out upcoming in Hampstead, Manchester," 15 July 2019 Not yet a junior in high school, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound prospect earned his driver’s license and added a 10th scholarship to his offer sheet, highlighted by Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, USC and Washington., "Keith Brown, Lebanon star and nation’s No. 3 OLB, enjoys UCLA, USC; Oregon Ducks up next," 15 July 2019 Hurdler Bias signs with New Orleans Morton Ranch graduate Terricka Bias signed a track and field scholarship with the University of New Orleans earlier this month, extending her student-athlete career. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Katy ISD swimmers earn NISCA All-American status," 15 July 2019 The rest is allocated to hospitals, scholarships and the attorney general's office. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana was a 'leader' in tobacco prevention. Now it's falling behind.," 15 July 2019 Mireles also talks about many scholarships CLC offers, including the Metallica Scholarship which provides money towards tuition, fees, and more for various programs., "Calendar: Learn how to make your Legos come to life Wednesday in Lake Forest," 14 July 2019 The Wolverines have two open scholarships heading into the 2019-20 season. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's Juwan Howard has attention of top prospects. Here's his challenge," 14 July 2019 Students in such programs are offered full-ride scholarships and stipends because they are seen as the next generation of medical superstars. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "Remembering Ross Perot: Kern Wildenthal says Perot didn't just give money, he helped bring superstars to UT Southwestern," 14 July 2019

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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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