Calif., Nov. 17, 2003 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation
(NYSE:NOC) has awarded $75,000 in scholarships to American Indian
students attending tribal colleges or universities as part of the
company's ongoing initiative to support American Indian business
development and entrepreneurship.
were presented by company officials at the 28th annual American
Indian Progress in Business awards banquet (INPRO 2003), which Northrop
Grumman sponsored last month in Los Angeles. INPRO 2003 celebrated
the diversity, tradition and achievement of American Indians and
honored their contributions to the American Indian business community.
INPRO gala benefits the National Center for American Indian Enterprise
Development (NCAIED), a nonprofit organization founded in 1969 to
develop economic self-sufficiency through business ownership. Each
year during INPRO, NCAIED awards scholarships to American Indian
students majoring in business who represent America's future entrepreneurs.
Grumman has worked in partnership with NCAIED for more than 20 years
and shares its commitment to American Indian business development,"
said Tom Vice, sector vice president of operations for Northrop
Grumman's Integrated Systems sector and chairman of INPRO 2003.
"It's important that the future leaders of our country receive
the necessary leadership tools, and education is an important part
of meeting this objective."
help of the center, Northrop Grumman equally distributed $25,000
of the scholarship funds to students from the following five schools:
Dine College, Tsaile, Ariz.; Haskell Indian Nations University,
Lawrence, Kan.; Little Priest Tribal College, Winnebago, Neb.; Salish
Kootenai College, Pablo, Mont.; and Sitting Bull College, Fort Yates,
Gleska University, a tribal school in Mission, S.D., received $25,000
from Northrop Grumman to assist working women obtain the education
they need to improve their, and their families', quality of life.
Sinte Gleska University's student population is 65 percent women,
most of who are studying to become teachers. Fort Berthold Community
College, located near Northrop Grumman's facility in New Town, N.D.,
received the remaining $25,000.
Grumman has been supporting the educational and entrepreneurial
dreams of American Indian tribes, organizations and individuals
through the NCAIED for more than 20 years. The company has developed
a corporate initiative that focuses specifically on providing opportunities
for American Indian businesses. The initiative includes annual funding
to the NCAIED in support of sponsored outreach activities, membership
on the NCAIED Resource Council, and a leadership role as it relates
to business development issues. Northrop Grumman also served as
the title sponsor for the annual Reservation Economic Summit 2003,
which attracted more than 1,200 attendees.
Grumman Integrated Systems is a premier aerospace and defense systems
integration enterprise. Headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., it
designs, develops, produces and supports network-enabled integrated
systems and subsystems for government and civil customers worldwide.
Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems