2018 Scholarship Winners

Meet the 2018 Project Fairness Scholars

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the first Project Fairness scholarships.

These scholarships are awarded annually to current and former foster youth who are pursuing higher education. Project Fairness provides them with financial support to participate in an educational program, and mentoring to help them achieve their academic and professional goals.

The 2018 Project Fairness scholars were selected from a pool of more than 50 applicants, and distinguished themselves for their leadership, resilience and commitment to helping others. 


Rajiv Goswami

Rajiv Goswami is starting his sophomore year at Georgetown University as a projected Government major. His experience in the foster care system in New York City meant he was directly affected by politics and government, and he aims to navigate the political system to better the lives of future generations of foster youth. Rajiv’s ultimate career aspiration is being elected to Congress with the aim of uplifting marginalized and underserved youth including foster youth, undocumented youth, and youth from low-income backgrounds.

Rajiv faced challenges as a high school student from being in foster care for the last four years. The instability in housing often left him in homes that were distant from his magnet high school. Many foster homes did not have internet access or even computers, forcing Rajiv to maximize his phone and the limited library resources in order to access his email and online clouds where his teachers would upload homework assignments. When Rajiv isn’t doing his school work, he can be found jogging or playing tennis. His favorite tennis players include Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.