BALTIMORE, Feb. 16, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- Through March 31, Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) will continue to accept applications for its fourth-annual Engineering Scholars program, 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 this spring 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 office or via the Internet at:

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.

To be 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 meet minimum SAT and GPA requirements.

One of Maryland'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 career fields. Northrop Grumman is also a major sponsor of the Maryland Teacher of the Year competition.

With nearly 24,000 employees worldwide and 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.