updated 1/26/2011 10:17:30 AM ET 2011-01-26T15:17:30

LINTHICUM, Md., Jan. 26, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Applications are now being accepted for the ninth annual Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) Engineering Scholars competition, which will provide a total of $240,000 in college scholarships across Maryland this year to promising high-school seniors interested in studying engineering.

"Northrop Grumman is pleased to once again sponsor this unique scholarship program aimed at encouraging some of the state's best and brightest students with an interest in math and science to pursue engineering-related careers," said James F. Pitts, corporate vice president and president of the company's Baltimore-based Electronic Systems sector and himself an electrical engineer.

Individual scholarships of $10,000 payable in $2,500 installments over four years will be awarded by Northrop Grumman this spring to a qualified graduating high school senior in each of Maryland's 23 counties and Baltimore City. Candidates must plan to attend an accredited college or university school of engineering as a full-time student in an approved engineering program. The funds may be used for tuition, books, lodging and meals.

A committee of Northrop Grumman employees will select the Engineering Scholars winners. Each applicant must be a resident of Maryland and a graduating senior in the spring of 2011 from a public or accredited private high school in the state. Among the eligibility requirements, applicants must have a minimum composite SAT score of 1,700 or ACT score of 27 and a minimum GPA of 3.5. Recipients of any other Northrop Grumman-sponsored scholarships are not eligible. The application deadline is March 31, 2011.

Brochures detailing the eligibility requirements for the scholarship program have been sent to all high schools within the state. To apply for the Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholars program, students must complete the online application available at: http://www.es.northropgrumman.com/engscholars/

One of the state's largest private employers, Northrop Grumman is a significant financial and in-kind contributor to educational outreach programs aimed at encouraging young people to consider engineering and science-related career fields. The Linthicum-based Electronic Systems sector sponsors the Discover "E" program in Maryland, a grassroots effort by volunteer employees at the company to excite student interest in science, technology, engineering and math. Northrop Grumman is also a major corporate sponsor of the Maryland Teacher of the Year competition.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

CONTACT: Jack Martin, Jr.
         Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems
         (410) 765-4441
         jm.martin@ngc.com

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