APOPKA, Fla., June 19, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has announced the winners of its second 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.

Tyler York from Crooms Academy of Information Technology in Seminole County and Natalie Ganio from Edgewater 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 28.

"Northrop Grumman has a continuing need for engineers to ensure the success of our business. We were very impressed with the credentials of these two young aspiring engineers, and we are extremely pleased to be able to help them achieve future educational goals," said Gordon Stewart, vice president and general manager of the company's Laser Systems unit. "We received a large number of exceptional applications, which made the selection process very challenging for our review committee. In the end, these two hard-working, high-achieving students were outstanding choices."

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.

To be eligible, scholarship applicants must be a resident of Orange or Seminole county and be a graduating senior from a public or accredited private high school in the area. Applicants also have 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 unit provides mentors and tutors to areas schools, and supports Engineering Student Day 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 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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