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A demyship is a form of scholarship at Magdalen College, Oxford. It is derived from demi-socii or half-fellows (being historically entitled to half the allowance awarded to Fellows).

A scholarship is an award of financial aid for a student to further their education. Scholarships are awarded based upon various criteria, which usually reflect the values and purposes of the donor or founder of the award. Scholarship money is not required to be repaid.

Magdalen College, Oxford constituent college of the University of Oxford in England

Magdalen College is one of the wealthiest constituent colleges of the University of Oxford, with an estimated financial endowment of £180.8 million as of 2014.

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When the college was founded in 1458 by William of Waynflete, the Founder ordained that in addition to forty senior scholars, or Fellows, there should be thirty poor scholars, commonly called Demies, of good morals and dispositions fully equipped for study. (Compare "postmasters" at Merton College, Oxford).

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Recipients (known as demies, pronounced to rhyme with "surmise") are still admitted to the College's Foundation (in increased numbers, following changes to the system of scholarships) and are entitled to attend certain ceremonies and dinners.

Notable demies

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