APOPKA, Fla., June 19, 2009 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today announced two local recipients of its Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholars program, which will provide them a total of $20,000 in college scholarships this fall.
Michelle Kwon from Apopka Senior High School and Aaron Fan from Ocoee High School were the recipients of this year's merit-based Northrop Grumman scholarship. Each student received a total of $10,000.
"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.
A committee of Northrop Grumman Laser Systems business unit employees selected the Engineering Scholars winners. To be eligible, each scholarship applicant had to be a resident of Orange or Seminole County and a graduating senior this spring from a public or accredited private high school in the state. Applicants also had to meet minimum SAT/ACT 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 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 Laser Systems business unit is one of the world's leading manufacturers of military Electro-Optical (EO) targeting systems. These include ground-based (man-portable, handheld, and vehicle mounted) EO imaging/ranging systems for target location, laser designators/markers for precise guidance of smart munitions, and airborne laser rangefinders and designators fielded onboard many of the world's most sophisticated manned and unmanned aircraft.
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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