ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., June 12, 2012 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has awarded a total of $4,500 in grants to 15 local area schools to promote education in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

The Northrop Grumman Engineers Week STEM grants provide teachers with funding for projects that increase student awareness of the excitement and opportunity to be found in the STEM fields. Each grant of $300 was given to a school for use by a specific teacher based on grant proposals submitted by the school. Projects must be STEM related. Grants may be used to purchase equipment, supplies, publications or transportation related to the project.

"Northrop Grumman recognizes the importance of reaching out into our local communities to support education, especially in the areas of math and science," said Jeff Palombo, sector vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman's Land and Self Protection Systems division. "This grant will help these teachers provide programs that spark interest in the creative and challenging world of engineering."

The program was kicked off in February during National Engineers Week, which is a nationwide event dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers.

Any public or charter school with an open enrollment policy was eligible to apply. The winners include elementary, middle and high schools, as well as charter and magnet schools. Grant applications were reviewed by employees at each Northrop Grumman campus. The following are the 15 Chicago-area teachers who received STEM grants:

  • Kathleen Styzek, Frederick Funston Elementary
  • Cynthia House, Olive-Mary Stitt School
  • Robert Lang, Glenbard South High School
  • Katie Bulman, Crystal Lake South High School
  • Scott Duensing, Lemont High School
  • Julie Slade, Owen Elementary School
  • Elin Anderson, Washington Academy
  • Anne Burns, Chesak Elementary
  • Michele Vogt-Schuller, Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy
  • Donald Peet, Lake Zurich High School
  • JulieAnn Villa, Niles West High School
  • Wayne Oras, Hoffman Estates High School
  • Mark Ailes, Addison Trail High School
  • Patrick Feulner, Metea Valley High School
  • Krystian Weglarz, Gage Park High School

The National Engineers Week STEM grants program is one of several Northrop Grumman community service efforts designed to promote STEM education in the United States. Other programs include Discover "E," Teachers and Engineers for Academic Achievement (TEAACH) and Worthwhile to Help High School Youth (WORTHY), a Northrop Grumman High School Involvement Partnership (HIP) program.Â

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