Are you an educator with a class project that is short on funding but long on potential? Do you know a teacher looking for grant dollars? Voya Unsung Heroes could help turn great ideas into reality for students. Complete the online application today. Application deadline has been extended to May 22.
For two decades, and with nearly $5 million in awarded grants, Voya Unsung Heroes 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.
In looking back at the winning projects from the program’s 20-year history, Voya Financial was able to track some popular trends and compelling concepts that have shaped our country’s education system. Learn more about what types of programs made the grade (download PDF).
Voya Unsung Heroes handed out its first awards in 1996 as a way for Voya Financial to demonstrate its commitment to the education community. Grants are given to K-12 educators utilizing new teaching methods and techniques that improve learning.
Each year, educators submit applications for a Voya Unsung Heroes grant by describing projects they have initiated or would like to pursue. Each project is judged on its:
- Innovative method
- Ability to positively influence the students
Each year, 50 finalists are selected to receive a $2,000 grant, payable to both the winning teacher and his or her school. At least one grant is awarded in each of the 50 states, provided at least one qualified application was received from each state. Winners are selected by Scholarship America, a national non-profit educational support and student aid service organization.
Of the 50 finalists, three are selected for additional financial awards: $25,000 for first place; $10,000 for second place; and $5,000 for third place.
If you or someone you know has an idea for an outstanding educational project, we encourage you to apply for the Voya Unsung Heroes program. Complete the online application (opens new window) today!
Contact Scholarship America via email or by phone at (800) 537-4180. Or ask your local representative for more information. Winners are announced in the fall.
Deadline extended to May 22
We understand the challenges that many, including educators adjusting to distance instruction, are facing during this unprecedented time. To ensure we are providing educators with adequate time to complete applications as they adjust to new norms, we are extending the deadline of our Unsung Heroes Program to May 22.
The goal of Unsung Heroes — Voya’s longest standing education-focused program — is to acknowledge the impact that educators have in developing our leaders of tomorrow, and support their innovative teaching ideas as they work to empower those leaders to succeed. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand the many challenges that educators across the U.S. are facing and remain committed to them, their programs and students.
The safety of our stakeholders is paramount — stay safe and healthy during this challenging time.