The group announcing the scholarship recipients
Pictured L-R Dr Anthony Comer, Faculty of Science and Engineering, UL, Deirdre Norris, Senior HR Business Partner, AerCap, Ailbhe Moloney, Erin Lynch, Ciara Hurley, Clodagh Kearns, Éabha Sampson, Sarah Hartnett, Director of Development at the UL Foundation, Denise Mangan-Fahy, SVP Engine Management, AerCap
Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Two University of Limerick students have been awarded AerCap Women in Aviation scholarships.

AerCap Holdings N.V. together with UL’s Faculty of Aeronautical Engineering and the UL Foundation announced this Tuesday that the Aeronautical Engineering students were to receive the scholarship awards.

Ailbhe Moloney and Éabha Sampson, both from Cork, were awarded the scholarship following an in-depth application and interview process that focused on the students’ passion for aviation as well as academic achievement.

Each student will receive a bursary of €5,000 a year over the four-year course.

Since the launch of the initiative in 2019, five first-year students of the UL Bachelor of Engineering in Aeronautical Engineering have been awarded the AerCap Women in Aviation Scholarship. As part of the scholarship program, students have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience through an eight-month internship in the AerCap technical department with mentoring from some of the most knowledgeable people in the aviation industry.

Aengus Kelly, CEO of AerCap, said: “AerCap is delighted to collaborate with University of Limerick on this scholarship program. The aim of this initiative is to encourage more female students into careers in aeronautical engineering and to develop a pipeline of highly skilled engineering talent who will be the drivers of the aviation industry in the future.”

Sarah Hartnett, Director of Development at the UL Foundation, said: “We are delighted to partner with AerCap on this fantastic scholarship program, which is a great example of how companies can not only financially support and rewards students, but can also help deepen their skills through professional mentorship. Through these scholarships, hopefully, we can encourage more women to consider a career in aviation.”

Launched in 2019, the Women in Aviation Scholarship program supports female students of the UL Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering course. In addition to the scholarship, the successful student will be offered an internship with AerCap during their third year and summer work experience throughout their studies.

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