Voya Financial Reinforces Commitment to Education through Support of Scholarship America

NEW YORK, May 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA) is proud to be the presenting sponsor of Scholarship America's inaugural "From Dreams to Degrees" celebration, which takes place on May 19, 2015 at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. The event honors young adults completing their postsecondary degrees as well as those who have helped students achieve educational success.  Voya Financial Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rodney O. Martin, Jr. will serve as honorary chair for the evening.

"At Voya, we believe that an investment in America's students is an investment in the future of our nation," said Martin. "We are proud to partner with organizations like Scholarship America, which shares our commitment to educating and empowering young people so that they take control of their future. We are thrilled to join in celebrating the 2015 class of 'From Dreams to Degrees' award recipients — and to recognize the individuals and organizations who have contributed to their success."

"From Dreams to Degrees" will be emceed by NBC News' lead education correspondent Rehema Ellis. Honorees include distinguished members of the business community and former news anchor and television host Katie Couric.

Voya is a long-standing supporter of Scholarship America's mission to make achieving academic dreams possible for all students. This support includes partnership on the Voya Unsung Heroes program, a signature initiative that provides grants to K-12 educators for their ground-breaking teaching methods and techniques to improve learning. Since the program was launched in 1995, more than $4 million in grants has been awarded to teachers across the country.

"Within the next five years, two out of three jobs available in the United States will require at least a two-year degree," said Scholarship America president and CEO Lauren A. Segal. "Education beyond high school is more important than ever, and we're thrilled to have corporate partners like Voya Financial who share our commitment to continuing education and student success."

Through Voya Financial's charitable giving arm, the Voya Foundation, the company supports programs that help young people stay in school, graduate on time and become prepared to enter the 21st-century workforce.  At the core of the Voya Foundation is the belief that education is the key to healthy communities, which in turn fosters the sustainability and growth of the economy.

As an industry leader and advocate for greater retirement readiness, Voya Financial is committed to delivering on its vision to be America's Retirement Company and on its mission to make a secure financial future possible — one person, one family and one institution at a time.

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About Voya Financial®
Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), is composed of premier retirement, investment and insurance companies serving the financial needs of approximately 13 million individual and institutional customers in the United States. The company's vision is to be America's Retirement Company and its guiding principle is centered on solving the most daunting financial challenge facing Americans today — retirement readiness. Working directly with clients and through a broad group of financial intermediaries, independent producers, affiliated advisors and dedicated sales specialists, Voya provides a comprehensive portfolio of asset accumulation, asset protection and asset distribution products and services. With a dedicated workforce of approximately 6,500 employees, Voya is grounded in a clear mission to make a secure financial future possible — one person, one family, one institution at a time. For more information, visit voya.com or view our Voya Financial Interactive Company Profile. Follow Voya Financial on Facebook and Twitter @Voya.

About the Voya Foundation
The Voya Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life in communities where Voya Financial® operates and its employees and customers live. The Voya Foundation provides grants and establishes signature partnerships in the areas of financial literacy and children's education and fosters employee engagement to deepen our positive impact on the community. For more information, visit www.voyafoundation.com.

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