BALTIMORE, May 15, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today announced the 24 statewide winners of its sixth annual Engineering Scholars program, which will provide a total of $240,000 in college scholarships this fall to high school seniors across Maryland interested in studying engineering.

"Again this year, Northrop Grumman is pleased to sponsor this unique engineering scholarship effort, which is intended to motivate some of Maryland's best and brightest students -- with a background and interest in math and science -- to pursue engineering-related careers," said James F. Pitts, corporate vice president and president of the company's Baltimore-based Electronic Systems sector. "We were impressed with the outstanding qualifications of all of the applicants from throughout the state, which made the selection process quite difficult for our scholarship review committee."

The scholarship program is aimed at supporting promising high school seniors who intend to pursue a career in an engineering-related field. Candidates must plan to attend an accredited college or university as a full-time student in an approved engineering curriculum. The funds can be used for tuition, books, lodging and meals.

A committee of Northrop Grumman employees selected the Engineering Scholars winners. To be eligible, each scholarship applicant had to be a resident of Maryland and a graduating senior this spring from a public or accredited private high school in the state. Applicants also had to meet minimum SAT and GPA requirements.

Following are the names of the students from 23 Maryland counties and the city of Baltimore who will each be receiving merit-based scholarships of $10,000 during an awards reception and dinner hosted by Northrop Grumman at the Historical Electronics Museum in Linthicum, Md., on June 6:

  * Allegany County, Jared A. Lopez , Mountain Ridge High School;
 * Anne Arundel County, John S. Ziegler, Glen Burnie High School;
 * Baltimore City, Sarah V. Troch, Mercy High School;
 * Baltimore County, William C. Fawcett, Catonsville High School;
 * Calvert County, Steven J. Chow, Northern High School;
 * Caroline County, Gretchen E. Heberling, North Caroline High School;
 * Carroll County, Benjamin D. Harvatine, Century High School;
 * Cecil County, Hannah S. Sanford-Crane, Bohemia Manor High School;
 * Charles County, Samantha J. Skinger, Henry E. Lackey High School;
 * Dorchester County, Benjamin C. Garbus, Cambridge-South Dorchester
   High School;
 * Frederick County, Gino M. Perrotta, Linganore High School;
 * Garrett County, Emily K. Rosser, Northern Garrett High School;
 * Harford County, Jacob D. Burlin, Aberdeen High School;
 * Howard County, Phillip A. Sandborn, Wilde Lake High School;
 * Kent County, Matthew D. Skinner, Kent County High School;
 * Montgomery County, Damjan D. Korac, Walt Whitman High School;
 * Prince George's County, Kynan T. Rilee, Eleanor Roosevelt High
 * Queen Anne's County, Meredith N. LaDue, Kent Island High School;
 * Somerset County, Alexander W. Cavins, Crisfield Academy and High
 * St. Mary's County, Ryan J. Grohsmeyer, St. Mary's Ryken High School;
 * Talbot County, Austin M. Zeleny, Easton High School;
 * Washington County, Jessica F. Shuff, North Hagerstown High School;
 * Wicomico County, Pearle M. Lipinski; James M. Bennett High School;
 * Worchester County, Scott R. Baker, Snow Hill High School

Northrop Grumman, one of the state's largest private employers, 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 company's Electronic Systems sector 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 also sponsors WORTHY, a mentoring and scholarship program for high school students in Baltimore, and the company is also a major sponsor of the Maryland Teacher of the Year competition.

Further information about the Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholars program is available via the Internet at:

With more than 21,000 employees worldwide and approximately 8,500 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 global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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