I wish to state on my curriculum vitae something along the following line:

Scholarship turned down to pursue a career in industry.

I find phrasal verbs (like turn down) rather informal. Is there a more formal way to make such a statement?

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"Declined", especially "Scholarship declined in favour of pursuing...". MW has this:

to refuse especially courteously: decline an invitation


You could also use "rejected", but this sounds rather negative toward the scholarship.

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    There is also "refused", of course, but that is also a bit negative.
    – nxx
    Commented Jan 12, 2014 at 12:06

You could put something along the lines of:

The need to begin a career in industry prevented me from accepting the scholarship.

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