BALTIMORE, Jan. 9, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- The deadline to apply for Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) second annual Engineering Scholars program has been extended to Feb. 15 and interested students from across the state of Maryland are urged to get their applications in quickly.

The company's Baltimore-based Electronic Systems sector is again providing college scholarships, totaling $240,000 in this school year, to promising high school seniors throughout Maryland who are 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.

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

"Northrop Grumman is pleased to sponsor this unique scholarship initiative aimed at encouraging some of the state's best and brightest students with an interest in math and science to pursue the engineering professions," said Robert P. Iorizzo, president of the company's Electronic Systems sector.

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

Northrop Grumman, Maryland's largest manufacturing employer, 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 career fields. Northrop Grumman is also a major sponsor of the Maryland Teacher of the Year competition.

Further information about the Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholars program is available via the Internet at:

Headquartered in Baltimore, 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 systems, marine and naval systems, government systems, and logistics services.

  CONTACT:  Debbi McCallam
          Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems 
          (410) 765-1521