AerCap awards Women in Aviation scholarship to two aeronautical engineering students

Ailbhe Moloney and Éabha Sampson were awarded the scholarship following an in-depth application and interview process
(L-R) Ailbhe Moloney and Éabha Sampson. Pic Arthur Ellis.

30 November 2022

AerCap, together with the University of Limerick (UL) Faculty of Aeronautical Engineering, have announced that two students have been awarded this year’s AerCap Women in Aviation scholarship.

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, 5 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.




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. To date, a total of five students have been awarded the Scholarship.

Aengus Kelly, CEO of AerCap, said: “AerCap is delighted to collaborate with the University of
Limerick on this scholarship programme. 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, added: “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 reward 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.”

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