LINTHICUM, Md., Feb. 14, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Applications are now being accepted for the fifth 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 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 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 2007 from a public or accredited private high school in the state. Applicants for the scholarship program must also meet minimum SAT and GPA requirements. The application deadline is March 31, 2007.

Informational brochures describing the scholarship program have been sent to all high schools within the state. However, to apply for the Engineering Scholars program, students must download and complete the application available on the Internet 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 engineering, math and science. Northrop Grumman is also a major corporate sponsor of the Maryland Teacher of the Year competition.

With 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 including airborne radar, navigation systems, electronic countermeasures, precision weapons, airspace management systems, communications systems, space sensors, marine and naval systems and government systems.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 billion global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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