BALTIMORE, March 5, 2009 -- Applications are still being accepted through March 31 for the seventh 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 passionate about encouraging young people to consider an engineering-related career field, and this program is one of a number of educational outreach efforts intended to help stimulate more student interest in math and science," said James F. Pitts, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman's Baltimore-based Electronic Systems sector.

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 2009 from a public or accredited private high school in the state. Applicants for the scholarship program must also meet minimum SAT/ACT and GPA requirements. The application deadline is March 31, 2009.

Information describing the scholarship program has 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:

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 company's 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 leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.

  CONTACT:  Bonnie Blueford
          Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems
          (410) 765-3141