MCLEAN, Va., June 5, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) proudly showed its support for the Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas (ArkLaTex) chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) as the title sponsor of the Inaugural Scholarship Awards Ceremony on May 8, 2008.

The AFCEA ArkLaTex Chapter Scholarship is offered to high school graduating seniors who have declared college majors in electronics, electrical or computer engineering, mathematics, physics, computer science, information technology, or a related field, and who have maintained a 3.0 grade-point-average or better.

"Northrop Grumman strongly supports education at all levels and stands ready to partner with great organizations, such as AFCEA, to ensure that outstanding students are recognized and rewarded," said Tim Peppe, Northrop Grumman corporate lead executive for Air Force Programs, Air Combat Command. "We take particular interest in science, technology, engineering, and math -- or STEM -- education because our nation's high-tech work force problems are acute."

The inaugural scholarship was awarded to 10 students from area high schools:

  * Jacque Anspaugh, Evangel Christian Academy
 * Brittny Bell, C.E. Byrd High School
 * Holly Butcher, Haughton High School
 * Justin Dowty, Haughton High School
 * Steven Galloway, Parkway High School
 * Robert M. Harris, Louisiana School for Math, Sciences and the Arts
 * Jenee' Jordan, Airline High School
 * Ethan McMahon, Loyola College Prep
 * Justin Price, Benton High School
 * Ryan Willis, Loyola College Prep

Northrop Grumman also supports teachers and students still in high school through various programs including the Northrop Grumman Foundation's Weightless Flights of Discovery program, giving teachers the experiences and tools to show students science and math can be fun, as well as the FIRST Robotics Competition, aimed at developing interest in engineering.

"We pursue these educational efforts because we are keenly aware of the need for cyber-technical support and training not only in Northwest Louisiana but also in other states," said Peppe. "This preparation is essential to meet cyber-security challenges spanning defense and homeland security solutions, whether secure wireless, network infrastructure, information assurance, or modeling and simulation."

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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