SOAP Scholarship Awards

Each year Side-Out offers 19 scholarships worth a total of $20,000.  The scholarship denominations for college education expenses are as follows: $500, $1,000 and $2,500. Our review board decides which amount a winner will earn.



  1. Must be a high school junior/senior or college student.
  2. High school students must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. college/university by October 1 following his/her high school graduation.
  3. Must host a breast cancer fundraising event for The Side-Out Foundation in 2014.
  4. Participation in volleyball or any other sport is not a requirement.
  5. Previous winners of the SOAP scholarship awards are not eligible.


 Application Requirements

SOAP scholarship applicants must:

  1. Complete all requirements to become a Side-Out ambassador.
  2. Commit to a minimum of 2 hours of breast cancer education and detail their experience in the Educational Hours form.
    1. Volunteer at a local hospital or patient support organization.
    2. Visit a breast cancer research lab.
    3. Interview a local oncology nurse and/or physician.
  3. Submit a 500-750 word essay, addressing the following questions:
    1. What did they learn from their educational hours?
    2. What did they learn from this experience, and how did they pass their knowledge on to others?
  4. Optional: Create a video or photo montage of their experience as a Side-Our ambassador (no longer than 3 minutes in one of the following formats: JPG, video URL or Power Point.)


Submission Details

  1. Turn in donations by Monday, December 1st.
  2. Complete and submit an online application by 11:59 PM EDT Monday, December 1st (application period is between October 1-December 1).
  3. If they have any trouble submitting their application, they should contact us: or 877-344-7465, Extension 200.


Selection and Notification

The SOAP awards are offered in various nominations: $500, $1,000 and $2,500. The review board decides which amount a winner will earn. Winners will be notified via e-mail by Friday, December 19th.

The SOAP Review Board will judge each application based on the following criteria:

  1. Educational hours account for 10%. Applicants who complete the requirement will get full credit.
    *Please note: spending time in the medical field is the goal. Volunteering to do paperwork or set-up for charity events is important, but it does not give the applicant the educational hours the review board members are seeking.*
  2. Event organization and fundraising accounts for 20% of the applicant’s total evaluation score and will be judged on the effort put into spreading the word about the Rally and their fundraising initiatives. Scoring will be determined by:
    1. details in the applicant’s campaign marketing and fundraising strategy (to be attached in general application).
    2. date campaign donations received (must be before Monday, December 1st to receive full credit).
  3. The 500-750 word essay will account for 70% of the total score and will be judged based on the following questions:
    1. Did they answer the questions they were instructed to address?
    2. Is the essay clear and well-written?


Scholarship Dispursement

Scholarships will be sent directly to the student’s college to be applied toward his/her tuition costs. Winners in high school should notify Side-Out as soon as they commit to a college/university. A staff member will contact winners via e-mail to let them know when the scholarship was mailed.


Print this checklist of tasks to help you manage the application process.