APPLICATION DUE DATE: NEW DATE IS May 1, 2024. The Making Headway Foundation college scholarship program is built upon the Scott J. Reisser Memorial Scholarship Fund, established in 2007. This fund is the culmination of Scott’s family’s efforts to create a fitting memorial to their beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, and 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. In 2024, Making Headway will offer up to 15 scholarships, each worth up to $5,000. A special $15,000 scholarship will also be given as part of the 5th annual Michael Schwartz Making Headway Scholarship. 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 (diagnosed before the age of 18)
  • 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, 2024. For more information or to request an application by mail, email Making Headway at or call our office at (914) 238-8384. Final applications can be mailed to: Making Headway Foundation Scholarships, 115 King Street, Chappaqua, NY 10514.

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