WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., July 22, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced the winner of its first annual Engineering Scholars program in the San Fernando Valley, which provides a $10,000 scholarship to a local high school student interested in pursuing a career in engineering.

Eric Gobst received a merit-based scholarship for his exceptional academic achievements and community service during an awards reception in June. Eric is a recent graduate of Granada Hills Charter High School in Granada Hills, Calif., and will attend the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill., where he will pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.

"Northrop Grumman is committed to helping students from our community pursuing engineering-related degrees," said Jim Myers, sector vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman's Navigation Systems Division. "We want to recognize promising future engineers like Eric and encourage them to achieve their career goals."

To be eligible for the Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholars program, applicants had to be residents of the San Fernando Valley, graduating seniors in the spring of 2008 from a public or accredited private high school, and had to meet SAT and grade point average requirements. Candidates also had to plan to attend an accredited college or university as a full-time student in an approved engineering program. The funds from the scholarship may be used for tuition, books, lodging and meals.

Northrop Grumman's Navigation Systems Division supplies navigation- and tactical-grade inertial systems and sensors, integrated avionics and vehicle electronics computers and systems, mobile integrated ground and air defense command and control systems, fiber-optic acoustic sensors, identification friend-or-foe systems, and logistics support services for international and domestic defense and commercial markets.

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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          Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems
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