Making Headway is delighted to support and administer the Scott J. Reisser Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Established in 2007, the fund is the culmination of Scott’s family’s efforts to create a fitting memorial to their beloved son, brother, grandson, and nephew, as well as friend to so many. Scott’s most cherished dream was to graduate from college, a milestone he fell just short of achieving. After his death in 2006, it was clear that the most appropriate way to honor his memory would be by helping other young brain tumor survivors achieve their educational goals.

These one-time, $5,000 scholarships are distributed to several deserving and ambitious young people each year. Funding is provided in part by the Reisser family and in part by Making Headway Foundation. Click here for more information about past winners.

How to apply

Requirements for applying for the Scott J. Reisser Memorial Scholarship are as follows:

  • Be a brain or spinal cord tumor survivor
  • Reside in the New York City metropolitan area (including New Jersey or Connecticut)
  • Have been admitted to, or be currently attending, a two- or four-year college or vocational program.

Interested in applying for a scholarship? Here’s how.

The annual application deadline is May 1.

For more information or to request an application by mail, email Making Headway at Jennifer@makingheadway.org or call our office at (914) 238-8384.


For information on other Making Headway Programs, click on the link

Care – Individual Counseling Program
Care – Educational Assistance Program
Comfort – In Hospital Services (yoga, massage, etc.) / Playroom
Comfort – Scholarship Program
Comfort – Family Events
Cure – New Medical Research Grants
Cure – Facilitating Medical Research and Clinical Trials
Cure – Neuro-oncology Fellowship Program