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The program is currently closed. Please check back in late February for updated program information.


Teacher Voices Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

Voya Financial has established a scholarship program to recognize State Teachers of the Year, and support aspiring K-12 classroom teachers. State Teachers of the Year will have the opportunity to nominate one student pursuing a career in teaching to compete for scholarships sponsored by Voya Financial.”

This 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. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability, or national origin.

Applicants to the Teacher Voices Scholarship Program must:

  • Be the sole nominee of one of the 2020 State Teachers of the Year in the 50 states, U.S. territories, DC, and the Department of Defense Education.
  • Plan to be a classroom teacher.
  • Be currently enrolled in, or about to pursue, an undergraduate or graduate degree program*, or teacher certification program, at an accredited college or university for the entire upcoming academic year.

*There are no restrictions on undergraduate majors so long as the applicant’s career goal is to enter the classroom to teach. Graduate majors must be in education or a related field.

Selection Criteria and Awards
From the pool of nominated applicants that submit an application, Scholarship America will select ten (10) finalists.  Finalists are evaluated on the basis of academic performance, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, a statement of educational and career goals and objectives stating desire to be a classroom teacher, and any unusual personal or family circumstances.  Finalists must also demonstrate financial need.

From the ten (10) finalists selected by Scholarship America, Voya Financial and four National Teacher of the Year finalists will solicit video essays answering the question “Why do you want to teach?”  The National Teacher of the Year finalists will evaluate scholarship finalists based upon their responses to the video essay and the original two essay questions from the scholarship application. The teacher finalists will select four (4) scholarship recipients. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $5,000 award. Up to four (4) awards will be granted.

Awards are one-time only and are for undergraduate, graduate, or teacher certification programs.

All applicants will be notified in early May.

Payment of Scholarships
Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Voya Financial. Payment will be made in one installment in August.

As part of your application, you must upload a current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course, and term in which each course was taken.

Your application is not considered complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically.

Voya Financial has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you to the Scholarship America Student Hub!