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 The student group is responsible for starting the first scholarship for veterans at the university. George Woolston, USA TODAY, "Dad’s lasting legacy: 3 generations of Willingboro family leave impact on Rutgers student veterans," 20 June 2020 Now, without Eastern joining the squad, the Wolverines are left with one scholarship available for the 2020-21 season. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball: Purdue transfer Nojel Eastern won't be a Wolverine after all," 17 June 2020 Thursday’s guest speaker on the videoconference was Wendell Hudson, who in 1969 became the first black scholarship athlete at the university. Mike Rodak |, al, "Amid protests, Wendell Hudson delivers message to Alabama basketball players," 15 June 2020 The scholarship is designated for college women in any technical field, like computer science and video game programming. Natallie St. Onge, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW-Stout student receives $10,000 Google scholarship designed to advance women in technology," 14 June 2020 Labas, last year’s Offensive Player of the Year, initially committed in May to Ball State before the Hawkeyes swooped in with a scholarship offer. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Joe Labas, Brecksville quarterback, commits to Iowa," 11 June 2020 Will a good performance on video turn into a scholarship offer? Michael Mccleary, The Indianapolis Star, "Zoom, virtual tours and highlight reels: How to get recruited during a pandemic," 8 June 2020 The school released a statement on Tuesday announcing its decision to rescind the scholarship following an investigation. Shelby Dermer,, "Little Miami athlete's scholarship revoked after offensive social media post," 5 June 2020 There's little available scholarship on the effects of rubber bullets, but researchers as far back as the 1970s warned of their inaccuracy. Louise Matsakis, Wired, "‘Non-Lethal’ Anti-Protest Weapons Can Cause Serious Harm," 2 June 2020

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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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3 Jul 2020

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“Scholarship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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