A student; one who studies at school or college. (noun)
A specialist in a particular branch of knowledge. (noun)
A learned person; a bookman. (noun)
One who educates themself for their whole life. (noun)
Examples of word scholar
When the participle or the infinitive is used abstractly, without an assumed subject, its attribute complement is also said to be in the nominative case; as, To _be he_ [Footnote: See footnote above.] is to be a scholar; _Being_ a _scholar_ is not _being_ an _idler_.
The word scholar connotes heady intellectuals, buried in books and theories -- but what these kids are really learning is how to act.
I use the term scholar in the literal sense of student and do not claim expert status.
As for Gates qualifying for the title scholar, I will let his own actions speak for themselves.
Once a child -- whom we call a "scholar" -- is enrolled in our summer learning and after school programs, parents become more involved.