iSI is completely being run by volunteers. People passionately and selflessly invest their time, intellect, money, experience and other relevant resources in keeping things going.
The number of applications received this year, no doubt, was overwhelming. The last few days before the deadline were particularly daunting. One of our volunteers had to pay out of his personal pocket to hire 2 ad hoc college students in helping with collation of the applications. Because it was such a manually driven process, we inadvertently missed a few applications (8).
The impacted applicants proactively reached out immediately after we published the list here. After validating their claims, we added them to the list and their applications were accordingly reviewed like others.
4 of the eight ended up making the cut.
Apparently these folks have the conviction and clarity of their mission and drive. They chose not to be complacent. They pushed the envelopes and they had a success.
Success doesn’t always come to us.