Ciara Hurley from Cloyne, County Cork, has been awarded the first ever Women in Aviation Scholarship by GECAS, the leading aircraft lessor based in Shannon, and the University of Limerick School of Engineering.

She will be awarded a €5,000 bursary for each year of her studies, meaning a total of €20,000 will be granted to her by the time of her graduation. 

GECAS and the University of Limerick School of Engineering launched the Women in Aviation Scholarship this year to help drive increased engagement by female students in Aeronautical Engineering.

GECAS will provide the Scholarship each year to one qualifying first-year female student of the UL Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering course.

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GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) is a world-leading aviation lessor and financier. For over five decades, we have solved our customers’ challenges and helped their businesses to thrive. Whether your need is for narrow- or widebody aircraft, regional jets, turboprops, freighters, engines, helicopters, financing or materials, our name has become synonymous with trusted relationships and domain expertise.

GECAS offers a broad array of financing products and services on these assets including operating leases, purchase/leasebacks, secured debt financing, asset sales and servicing, and airframe parts management. GECAS owns, services or has on order more than 1,850 aircraft (~1,500 fixed wing/ ~350 rotary wing), plus provides loans collateralizes on an additional ~320 aircraft. GECAS serves ~250 customers in over 75 countries from a network of 20 offices around the world.