ING Unsung Heroes Awards Program

For more than 15 years, and with nearly $4 million in awarded grants, ING 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. 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.

ING Unsung Heroes Awards Program is administered by Scholarship Management Services, a division of Scholarship America. Scholarship Management Services is the nation's largest designer and manager of scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals.

Apply by April 30, 2014.


Applicants must be:

All K-12 education professionals, whether or not they are clients of ING, are eligible.

Applications must be verified by the school superintendent, principal, or applicant's immediate supervisor.


All awards must be used to further the projects 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 $25,000; second place will receive $10,000, and the third place winner will receive $5,000.

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

Previous recipients of ING Unsung Heroes awards are not eligible to apply for another award.

Application Procedure

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All correspondence throughout the application process is via email. If you do not have an email address you wish to share, you may register an address with a free service such as Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail or Gmail for the purposes of this application.

Be sure to add to your Contacts or Address Book! Applicants failing to use a valid email address will not be able to access an application account. Applicants who do not regularly check their email for correspondence will not receive consideration.

Interested applicants can begin the electronic application process by clicking on the Register as an Applicant link in the Scholarship Links menu in the left margin. You must supply a unique and valid email address and create a password. When in the application process, you may leave the site prior to submission by clicking on the Logout link located at the top of the left margin. To return to the application, you must enter your email and password as provided when registering for the application process.

Carefully review your application before submission. All pages must be completed and entered in the format described in order to submit the application. Proper punctuation and standard capitalization (Jill Smith, 10 Main Street, New York, NY) must be used when entering data.

Applications are evaluated on the information supplied; therefore, answer all questions as completely as possible. Once the application is submitted, no further additions or changes can be made. The application must be submitted electronically by April 30, 2014.

You, the applicant, are solely responsible for submitting all information necessary to the application process. Scholarship Management Services will email acknowledgment of receipt of all submitted applications. Applications found to be incomplete as of the application deadline will not be processed. All information submitted is reviewed only by Scholarship Management Services and the ING Educators Advisory Board; however, if you are selected as a finalist, your information may be shared with ING, the program sponsor, or its agents, and they may use your name and likeness and any other information or materials provided in connection with this program for purposes of news, publicity and advertising in all media, including but not limited to print and electronic media, press releases, internet websites, and video media.

Selection and Notification

Scholarship Management Services will select 100 finalists. ING's Educators Advisory Board, consisting of teachers and education administrators, will select recipients of the top three awards in the summer of 2014. By Fall 2014, all applicants will be notified whether or not they have been selected to receive an 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.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship Management Services processes award payments on behalf of ING. Payments for awards will be presented to recipients by local agents of ING. Award checks are made payable jointly to the recipient and to his or her school.


Recipients have no obligation to ING. They are, however, required to notify Scholarship Management Services of any changes of address or other relevant information.

Additional Information

All questions should be directed to Scholarship Management Services.

Phone: 507-931-1682 or 800-537-4180


To submit a question or report a problem please use the Help link from the Scholarship Links menu.

ING reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of this program and to make changes at any time, including termination of the program.


To apply to the ING Unsung Heroes Awards Program, you must first register as an applicant on this web site. Activate your account by accessing your email. You may then complete the application by providing information about your project or program, along with the benefits and a budget.

Good luck in the competition!