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Applications are now being accepted for the 11th annual Northrop Grumman Corp.Engineering Scholars competition, which will provide a total of $240,000 in college scholarships across Maryland this year to promising high school seniors interested in studying engineering.

Individual scholarships of $10,000, payable in $2,500 installments over four years, will be awarded by Northrop Grumman this spring to a qualified graduating high school senior in each of Maryland's 23 counties and Baltimore city. Candidates must plan to attend an accredited college or university school of engineering as a full-time student in an approved engineering program. The funds may be used for tuition, books, room and board, and lab fees.

A committee of Northrop Grumman employees will select the engineering scholars winners. Each applicant must be a resident of Maryland and a graduating senior in the spring of 2013 from a public or accredited private high school in the state. Applicants must have a minimum composite SAT score of 1,700 or ACT score of 27 and a minimum GPA of 3.5. Recipients of any other Northrop Grumman-sponsored scholarships are not eligible. The application deadline is March 31.

To apply for the Northrop Grumman Engineering Scholars program, students must complete the online application available at www.northropgrumman.com/CorporateResponsibility/Community/Pages/EngScholars.aspx.

Kirkland named vice president

Precise Systems has appointed Lindy Kirkland vice president for Marine Corps programs. In his new role, he will be overseeing many programs and projects, as well as serving as the new program manager for the Precise Systems PMA-274 team.

Kirkland has been with Precise Systems since his retirement from the Marine Corps in June 2006. He has previously served as program manager for PMA-274 and as the Presidential Helicopters requirements officer supporting Marine Corps headquarters. Most recently, he served as the USMC liaison officer for the Robotics Systems Joint Project Office.

In the Marine Corps he was assigned as an AH-1W Cobra attack helicopter pilot. His tours included multiple shipboard and overseas deployments and participation in Operation Desert Storm. Kirkland's final assignment on active duty was as the executive officer of Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1) in Quantico, Va. There he flew three different helicopters and served as pilot in command of Marine One and personal pilot for the president of the United States.

Precise Systems is employee-owned and a service disabled, veteran-owned small business headquartered in Lexington Park founded in 1990.

KCG names Mayfield

KCG Training Systems has appointed Jennifer Mayfield as director of communications. Mayfield, 28, has seven years' experience working in public relations, communication and advertising.

“We are very happy to have Jen on the team,” President and CEO Wade Koch said in a statement. “She will be instrumental in enhancing our current presence within the simulation and training industry by helping us collaborate and communicate more effectively with each other and our clients.”

Established in 2008, KCG Training Systems of Leonardtown specializes in systems analysis, strategic training system consulting, and business development for Department of Defense contractors. KCG is a service disabled veteran-owned small business.

Engility awarded contract

Engility Corp. of Mount Laurel, N.J., was awarded Feb, 27 a $9.6 million modification to a previously awarded contract for technical and engineering services in support of the Naval Air Systems Command Structures Division), to include data analysis, information systems, and software functions of the Structural Appraisal of Fatigue Effects (SAFE) Program.

Work will be performed in Lexington Park and is expected to be completed in February 2014. No funds will be obligated at time of award; funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued.

Rusher picked for Leadership Maryland

Jeffrey L. Rusher, director of unmanned systems for the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division and the Naval Air Systems Command, was selected as a member of the 2013 Leadership Maryland class. Following a two-day retreat in April, class members will attend sessions focusing on economic development, education, health and human services, criminal and juvenile justice, the environment, multiculturalism and diversity. Founded in 1992, Leadership Maryland is an independent, nonprofit organization designed to inform executives about issues, challenges and opportunities facing the state. Each year, up to 52 leaders are selected to participate in the eight-month program.

Contract awarded

Booz Allen Hamilton of McLean, Va.; Deloitte Consulting of Alexandria, Va.; National Technologies Associates of Alexandria; and Science Applications International Corp. of San Diego, Calif. are each being awarded contracts to exercise options for management, organizational, and business improvement services, financial and business solutions, and human resources services supporting Naval Air Systems Command corporate operations and comptroller offices. The aggregate ceiling amount for these options is $17,152,000, and the companies will have the opportunity to compete on each individual task orders. Work will be performed in Patuxent River, however, services may be performed at any of the following NAVAIR sites: St. Inigoes, Md.; Lakehurst N.J.; Point Mugu, Calif.; China Lake, Calif.; Orlando Fla.; Cherry Point, N.C.; Jacksonville, Fla., and North Island, Calif. Work s is expected to be completed in February 2014.