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GECAS & UL launch new Women in Aviation Scholarship

The program is open to female students of the University of Limerick’s Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering and begins with first-year students. Each year, one new first-year student will be awarded the scholarship.

GECAS & UL launch new Women in Aviation Scholarship

Monday, September 23, 2019 – GECAS, the leading aircraft lessor based in Shannon, and the University of Limerick School of Engineering, are pleased to announce Ireland’s first-ever Women in Aviation Scholarship to help drive increased engagement by female students in Aeronautical Engineering.

Beginning this year, GECAS will provide a Scholarship each year to one qualifying first-year female student of the UL Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering course. The successful student will be awarded a €5,000 bursary for each year of their studies, meaning a total of €20,000 will have been granted by the time of their graduation. 

Through this initiative, GECAS is leading the Irish aviation leasing sector in helping drive female engagement of Irish aeronautical engineers, starting from the ground-up. As a major employer in the region, GECAS is keen to spearhead this initiative with the University of Limerick.

Speaking at the launch, David Campbell, Head of Technical, GECAS said, “It is estimated that only around 10% of Aeronautical Engineering students in Ireland are female. We want to change that metric. The goal of this scholarship is to encourage, and more importantly, support the development of the next generation of women in aviation, particularly in the engineering space. GECAS understands very well that diverse teams offer great advantages to organizations, so it is vital that we play our part to ensure a strong pipeline of female talent into our industry.”

Sarah Hartnett, Director of Development, University of Limerick Foundation said, “We are delighted to strengthen our relationship with GECAS. The under-representation of women pursuing careers in the Aeronautical Engineering space is a concern. However, through the support of organizations such as GECAS, we can work towards encouraging young women into fields that they might not initially consider and highlight to them the fantastic career avenues that exist.”

Ronan O’Higgins, Course Director of the Aeronautical Engineering Programme, University of Limerick Foundation said, “GECAS has always been a strong supporter of the Aeronautical Engineering Programme at UL. In fact, Guinness Peat Aviation (GPA), the forerunner of GECAS, was directly involved with the establishment of the program in 1991While female participation is traditionally low, our female graduates will tell you of the fantastic opportunities that they have experienced in their careers in aviation. The GECAS Women in Aviation Scholarship will help to increase awareness of this exciting career to future female aeronautical engineers.”         

The program is open to female students of the University of Limerick’s Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering and begins with first-year students. Each year, one new first-year student will be awarded the scholarship, with the bursary continuing for each year of the course. The scholarship will be awarded based on academic achievement and passion for aviation.

The deadline for submission of this year’s applications is October 11, 2019.

The University of Limerick is an independent, internationally focused university with more than 15,000 students and 1,400 staff. It is a young, energetic and enterprising university with a proud record of innovation in education and excellence in research and scholarship.

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