BALTIMORE, Feb. 18, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- The deadline to apply for Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) third annual Engineering Scholars program has been extended to March 31 and interested students from across Maryland are urged to get their applications in quickly.

The company's Baltimore-based Electronic Systems sector is again offering college scholarships totaling $240,000 this school year to promising Maryland high- school seniors interested in studying engineering.

A $10,000 scholarship will be awarded in May to one student in every Maryland county and Baltimore City. Application forms have been sent to all high schools within the state. Students can obtain an information packet containing application details for the Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholars program from their school guidance counselors or online at: .

For additional information on the scholarship program, contact Elaine B. Stana, manager of Community Relations at Northrop Grumman, at (410) 765-4578 or via email at

Candidates must plan to attend an accredited college or university as a full-time student in an approved engineering program. The funds may be used for tuition, books, lodging and meals.

Eligible applicants must be a resident of Maryland and a graduating senior from a public or accredited private high school in the state. Applicants must also have achieved a minimum composite SAT score of 1,100 and a minimum GPA of 3.5 (grades 9-12).

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 throughout Maryland to consider engineering and science-related careers.

With 24,000 employees worldwide, including approximately 9,000 employees in Maryland, Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems sector is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of defense and commercial electronics and systems.

  CONTACT:  Jack Martin, Jr.
          Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems 
          (410) 765-4441