EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Nov. 17, 2003 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has awarded $75,000 in scholarships to American Indian students attending tribal colleges or universities as part of the company's ongoing initiative to support American Indian business development and entrepreneurship.
The scholarships were presented by company officials at the 28th annual American Indian Progress in Business awards banquet (INPRO 2003), which Northrop Grumman sponsored last month in Los Angeles. INPRO 2003 celebrated the diversity, tradition and achievement of American Indians and honored their contributions to the American Indian business community.
The annual INPRO gala benefits the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED), a nonprofit organization founded in 1969 to develop economic self-sufficiency through business ownership. Each year during INPRO, NCAIED awards scholarships to American Indian students majoring in business who represent America's future entrepreneurs.
"Northrop Grumman has worked in partnership with NCAIED for more than 20 years and shares its commitment to American Indian business development," said Tom Vice, sector vice president of operations for Northrop Grumman's Integrated Systems sector and chairman of INPRO 2003. "It's important that the future leaders of our country receive the necessary leadership tools, and education is an important part of meeting this objective."
With the help of the center, Northrop Grumman equally distributed $25,000 of the scholarship funds to students from the following five schools: Dine College, Tsaile, Ariz.; Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, Kan.; Little Priest Tribal College, Winnebago, Neb.; Salish Kootenai College, Pablo, Mont.; and Sitting Bull College, Fort Yates, N.D.
Sinte Gleska University, a tribal school in Mission, S.D., received $25,000 from Northrop Grumman to assist working women obtain the education they need to improve their, and their families', quality of life. Sinte Gleska University's student population is 65 percent women, most of who are studying to become teachers. Fort Berthold Community College, located near Northrop Grumman's facility in New Town, N.D., received the remaining $25,000.
Northrop Grumman has been supporting the educational and entrepreneurial dreams of American Indian tribes, organizations and individuals through the NCAIED for more than 20 years. The company has developed a corporate initiative that focuses specifically on providing opportunities for American Indian businesses. The initiative includes annual funding to the NCAIED in support of sponsored outreach activities, membership on the NCAIED Resource Council, and a leadership role as it relates to business development issues. Northrop Grumman also served as the title sponsor for the annual Reservation Economic Summit 2003, which attracted more than 1,200 attendees.
Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems is a premier aerospace and defense systems integration enterprise. Headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., it designs, develops, produces and supports network-enabled integrated systems and subsystems for government and civil customers worldwide.
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