With over $5 million in awarded grants, the Voya Unsung HeroesTM Awards Program has proven to be an A+ program with educators. The program’s “alumni” have inspired success in the classroom and impacted countless numbers of students. Each year, 100 educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000.
The program is administered by Scholarship America, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals.
Applicants to the Voya Unsung Heroes Awards Program must be:
All K-12 education professionals, whether or not they are clients of Voya Financial® are eligible.
Applications must be verified by the school superintendent, principal or applicant’s immediate supervisor. If selected as a finalist, the school official will be contacted to verify your employment status and proposed project.
Your application must be submitted on or before April 30, 2017.
All awards must be used to further the projects, as described in the submitted application, within the school or school system. Indirect costs or administrative fees should not be paid or withheld from the grant award. Each of the 100 finalists will receive an award of $2,000. At least one award will be granted in each of the 50 United States, provided one or more qualified applications are received from each state. Of the 100 finalists, three will be selected for additional financial awards. First place will receive a bonus of $25,000; second place will receive a bonus of $10,000, and the third place winner will receive a bonus of $5,000.
Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, disability, or national origin.
Previous recipients of the Unsung Heroes awards are not eligible to apply for another award.
All applicants will receive notification via email by June 30, 2017 with the status of their application.
Scholarship America will select 100 finalists. The Educators Advisory Board, consisting of teachers and education administrators, will select recipients of the top three awards in the summer of 2017. By Fall 2017, all finalists will be notified whether or not they have been selected to receive a bonus award.
This is a competitive program. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as finalists. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final; due to the number of applications, individual feedback will not be given.
Scholarship America processes award payments on behalf of Voya. Payments for awards will be presented no later than December 2017 to recipients by local agents of Voya. Award checks are made payable jointly to the recipient and to his or her school.
Recipients have no obligation to Voya Financial. They are, however, required to notify Scholarship America of any changes in address or other relevant information, and to provide a detailed accounting of the award, if requested.
Voya Financial reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of this program and to make changes at any time, including termination of the program.
Call: 1-507-931-1682 and ask for the Voya Unsung Heroes Awards Program