LOS ANGELES, April 19, 2001 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced today that its Litton Sector has awarded 24 high school seniors company-sponsored National Merit/Special Scholarships. Students selected for the prestigious awards will each receive four-year scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $3,500 per year to help finance their education.

Scholarships for 2001 have been awarded to 20 children of employees representing these Litton Sector operations: Avondale Industries, Electron Devices Division, Guidance & Control Systems Division, Integrated Systems Division, Kester Solder, Litton Advanced Systems Division, Litton Corporate, Litton PRC, Litton Ship Systems Full Service Center and TASC. One-time, $2,500 awards were also presented to four non-Litton employee students.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation administers the program and bases its annual selections on students' test scores, academic records, personal leadership and significant extracurricular accomplishments. Each individual's financial needs and the costs of the applicable colleges and universities determine the amount of the scholarships.

"On behalf of all of our employees, I am especially proud of the sons and daughters of the Litton Sector employees selected for the 2001 National Merit and Special Scholarship Program," said Dr. Ronald D. Sugar, Northrop Grumman corporate vice president, and president and chief executive officer of the Litton Sector. "We are an ardent supporter of the annual National Merit Scholarship Program because we recognize the significance of education in improving the quality of life."

"A sound education is the foundation on which our children build better lives for themselves and their own families in future years," Dr. Sugar said. "Education, personal initiative and hard work will help keep the United States economically strong, free and a leading competitor on a worldwide basis."

Northrop Grumman's Litton Sector encourages all employees whose children meet National Merit Scholarship requirements to enter the scholarship competition. Students who will be in their junior year of high school in the fall of 2001 can receive information on next year's Preliminary Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test from their school. Students can also obtain a Litton Sector National Merit/Special Scholarship entry form from any Litton division human resources department.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $15 billion, global aerospace and defense company with its worldwide headquarters in Los Angeles. Northrop Grumman provides technologically advanced, innovative products, services and solutions in defense and commercial electronics, systems integration, information technology and non-nuclear shipbuilding and systems. With 80,000 employees and operations in 44 states and 25 countries, Northrop Grumman serves U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers.

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