BALTIMORE, Jan. 15, 2003 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Electronic Systems sector has extended the deadline to Monday, Feb. 3 for student applications across Maryland for the company's new Engineering Scholars program.

Last October, the company announced plans to award one $10,000 scholarship in each of 24 Maryland jurisdictions for deserving students who plan to study engineering. The original deadline for submission of applications had been January 15.

Candidates for the Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholars program 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.

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 2003 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).

Further information and applications for the Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholars program are available from high school guidance offices at all public and accredited private high schools across the state. Information on the program is also available on the Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholars website 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 throughout Maryland to consider engineering and science-related career fields. The Electronic Systems sector annually sponsors the Discover "E" program in Maryland, a grassroots effort by volunteer engineers 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.

Headquartered in Baltimore, Md., 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 systems, navigation systems, electronic warfare systems, precision weapons, air traffic control systems, air defense systems, communications systems, space systems, marine systems, oceanic and naval systems, logistics systems, and government systems.

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