BALTIMORE, Nov. 8, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- Applications are now being accepted for the third annual Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) Engineering Scholars program, which will provide a total of $240,000 in college scholarships across Maryland next year to promising high school students interested in studying engineering.

"Northrop Grumman is pleased once again 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 Baltimore-based Electronic Systems sector.

Individual scholarships of $10,000 will be awarded by Northrop Grumman to a qualified graduating high-school senior in each of Maryland's 23 counties and in the city of Baltimore. 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. Applicants must be a resident of Maryland and a graduating senior in the spring of 2005 from a public or accredited private high school in the state. Applicants for the scholarship program must also have a minimum composite SAT score of 1,100 and a minimum GPA of 3.5 (grades 9-12). The application deadline is March 1, 2005.

Application forms have been sent to all high schools within the state. Students can obtain an information packet on the Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholars program, including applications, from their school guidance counselors. The application form is also available via the Internet at:

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 careers. The Electronic Systems sector also 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. In addition, Northrop Grumman is a major corporate sponsor of the Maryland Teacher of the Year competition.

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

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