APOPKA, Fla., May 24, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has announced the winners of its first annual Engineering Scholars program in Central Florida, which will provide $10,000 in college scholarships this fall to each of two area high school seniors planning on studying engineering.

Kelly Clonts from Oviedo High School in Seminole County and Heather Cote from Apopka High School in Orange County are this year's recipients of the merit-based Northrop Grumman scholarship. They were recognized in a ceremony at the company's Apopka-based Laser Systems business unit on May 23.

"As a company that depends on outstanding engineers for our success, we are delighted to be able to help these two very impressive future engineers," said Gregory Williams, general manager of the company's Laser Systems business unit. "The applications that we received were exceptional, which made the selection process quite a challenge 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 Orange or Seminole counties and a graduating senior this spring from a public or accredited private high school in the area. Applicants also had to meet minimum SAT and GPA requirements.

Northrop Grumman is a significant financial and in-kind contributor to educational outreach programs aimed at encouraging young people to consider engineering and science-related career fields. The company's Laser Systems business unit provides mentors and tutors to area schools and supports Expand Your Horizons and Engineering Futures Forum, which are programs designed to excite student interest in engineering, math and science.

Further information about the Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholars program is available via the Internet at: http://www.es.northropgrumman.com/engscholars/

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 billion global defense and technology company whose 122,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

  CONTACT:  Mark Blackington
          Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems
          (321) 354-3790
          mark.blackington@ngc.com