CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – July 11, 2017 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) recently hosted its 10th annual local STEM scholars event, recognizing local graduating seniors for their achievements and awarding scholarships in the High School Involvement Partnership (HIP) and Engineering Scholars programs.

Both Programs were introduced by Northrop Grumman to Albemarle County in 2007 based on the concern that too few of our nation’s students are interested in pursuing careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

The Northrop Grumman HIP program gives high-achieving juniors and seniors the opportunity to participate in hands-on job training and earn high school credit, while the Engineering Scholars program is a merit-based scholarship program designed to recognize graduating seniors for their accomplishments. To date, Northrop Grumman has mentored 28 HIP students from the Albemarle County/Charlottesville city area, and has pledged more than $780,000 in scholarship money for the HIP and Engineering Scholars programs.

“The HIP program gives high-potential Albemarle County high school students the unique chance to work with employee mentors at Northrop Grumman while still in high school,” said Jeff Holloway, site director for Northrop Grumman in Charlottesville and executive sponsor for the company’s local HIP program. “By the time they begin college, these students already have a solid understanding of engineering applications, as well as hands-on experience after completing technology-related projects throughout the school year.”

The event in Charlottesville was attended by parents, community leaders, representatives from the various high schools and the University of Virginia, as well as Northrop Grumman employees.

Northrop Grumman and the Northrop Grumman Foundation are committed to expanding and enhancing the pipeline of diverse, talented STEM students globally. In addition to the HIP and Engineering Scholars programs, the company provides funding to sustainable STEM programs that span preschool to high school and through collegiate levels, with a major emphasis on middle school students and teachers. In 2016, Northrop Grumman and the Northrop Grumman Foundation continued outreach efforts by contributing $19.2 million to diverse STEM-related groups such as the Air Force Association (CyberPatriot), the REC Foundation (VEX Robotics), National Science Teachers Association, and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering.

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