updated 6/7/2011 8:16:57 AM ET 2011-06-07T12:16:57

APOPKA, Fla., June 7, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has announced the winners of its annual Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholars program, which awards merit-based college scholarships—payable in $2,500 installments over four years—to local high school students planning to pursue a career in engineering.          

Wade Wilson, a graduate of Apopka High School, and Matthew Darby, a graduate of Winter Springs High School, each received the merit-based scholarships from the company for their outstanding academic achievements and community involvement. Wilson will attend the University of Central Florida in the fall, while Darby will attend the University of Virginia. Both students will major in aerospace/mechanical engineering.

"Our nation needs young people to consider pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math," said Gordon Stewart, vice president and general manager of the company's Laser Systems business unit, located in Apopka. "Through the Engineering Scholars program, we can support bright, motivated students in our community as they work towards technical degrees."

A committee of Northrop Grumman Laser Systems employees selected the Engineering Scholars winners. To be eligible, each scholarship applicant had to be a resident of Orange or Seminole County and a graduating senior this spring from a public or accredited private high school. Applicants also had a minimum composite SAT score of 1,700 or ACT score of 27 and a minimum GPA of 3.5. The committee also took into consideration work experience, community involvement and extracurricular activities.         

Northrop Grumman is one of the world's leading manufacturers of military Electro-Optical (EO) targeting systems. These include ground-based (man portable, handheld and vehicle mounted) EO imaging/ranging systems for target location, laser designators/markers for precise guidance of smart munitions, and airborne laser rangefinders and designators fielded onboard many of the world's most sophisticated manned and unmanned aircraft.

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

CONTACT:  Yolanda Murphy
          (321) 354-3408
          yolanda.murphy@ngc.com

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