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Voya Helps Fund Innovative Teaching Programs by Offering $140,000 in Grants; Application Ends Soon


NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), is encouraging K–12 educators across the country to apply for a Voya Unsung Heroes® grant for the 2020 calendar year. Eligible educators with innovative program ideas can apply by visiting the Unsung Heroes website at and submitting their information online by April 30, 2020.

“For over 20 years, our support of educators as they work to prepare our leaders of tomorrow for the 21st century workforce has been reinforced through our Unsung Heroes program,” said Angela Harrell, Chief Diversity and Corporate Responsibility Officer, and president, Voya Foundation. “The program brings to life educators’ innovative teaching ideas — underscoring Voya’s commitment to investing in the communities where our employees live and work, and empowering educators to design curriculum that inspires their students.”

Voya handed out its first Unsung Heroes award more than two decades ago as a way to demonstrate its commitment to the education community. Teachers are vital in the development of our society and the education community is an important customer group for the company’s Retirement business. After awarding over $5 million in grants, the program continues to be a catalyst for innovative learning.

This year, 50 finalists will be selected to receive a $2,000 grant. The winning projects will be chosen based on the creativity of the idea, the teaching method applied and the ability to positively influence students. Out of the 50 finalists, three are selected to receive enhanced awards: $5,000 for third place; $10,000 for second place; and $25,000 for first place.

Educators with a compelling, innovative idea are welcome to submit an application. Visit the Unsung Heroes website at to access the 2020 application and additional program information. Applications are currently being accepted through Thursday, April 30, 2020.

Unsung Heroes is part of Voya Foundation’s signature program, Voya Teacher Voices. Voya Teacher Voices focuses on empowering teachers to become leaders by promoting the teaching career, recognizing high-achieving educators, providing training opportunities and offering financial support to achieve their goals.

About Voya Foundation

Voya Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life in communities where Voya Financial operates and its employees and customers live. 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

About Voya Financial®

Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), helps Americans plan, invest and protect their savings — to get ready to retire better. Serving the financial needs of approximately 13.8 million individual and institutional customers in the United States, Voya is a Fortune 500 company that had $7.5 billion in revenue in 2019. The company had $603 billion in total assets under management and administration as of Dec. 31, 2019. With a clear mission to make a secure financial future possible — one person, one family, one institution at a time — Voya’s vision is to be America’s Retirement Company®. Certified as a “Great Place to Work” by the Great Place to Work® Institute, Voya is equally committed to conducting business in a way that is socially, environmentally, economically and ethically responsible. Voya has been recognized as a 2020 World’s Most Admired Company by Fortune magazine; one of the 2020 World’s Most Ethical Companies® by the Ethisphere Institute; as a member of the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index; and as a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” on the Disability Equality Index by Disability:IN. For more information, visit Follow Voya Financial on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter @Voya.


Yasmine Lewis
Voya Financial
Office: (212) 309-8964
Cell: (973) 687-2997


Source: Voya Financial, Inc.

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