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What does the academic term Scholarship mean in higher education?


Scholarship definition

Short Definition

Scholarship is financial aid awarded to students based on merit, need, or other criteria.

In-depth Overview


Long definition: A scholarship is a financial award or grant given to a student to support their education. Scholarships are typically based on various criteria, including academic excellence, athletic achievements, financial need or other specific talents or accomplishments. Unlike loans, scholarships do not need to be repaid, making them an attractive source of funding for students pursuing higher education.

Etymology: The term scholarship has its origins in the Old English word "scoler", which referred to a student or one who learns. Over time, it evolved to represent both the pursuit of learning and the financial support provided to students to aid in their education.

Synonyms or related academic terms:

  • Grant
  • Fellowship
  • Award

Examples of Use:

  • She received a full scholarship to attend the prestigious university, covering her tuition and living expenses.
  • The scholarship program is designed to encourage students to pursue careers in STEM fields by providing financial support.
  • Winning a fellowship allowed him to conduct research abroad and further his academic interests.

Spanish: Beca
French: Bourse
German: Stipendium
Italian: Borsa di Studio
Portuguese: Bolsa de Estudo
Japanese: 奨学金 (Shōgakukin)
Chinese (Simplified): 奖学金 (Jiǎngxuéjīn)
Hindi: छात्रवृत्ति (Chātravṛtti)

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unirank Glossary Classification

Miscellaneous higher education terms > University financial terms

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