i-Scholar Initiative (iSI) – Lesson In Resilience


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.

The lesson?

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.



    A great lesson indeed.
    I love what you guys do. Keep up the good work.

    August 15, 2020 Reply
    • Idowu Kunlere

      Thank you, Donald.

      September 21, 2020 Reply
  2. Chimuanya Josephine Ibeh

    Resilience and the can do spirit are vibes that should be inculcated.
    Well-done to the everyone at the ischolarinitiative.

    December 30, 2020 Reply
    • Idowu Kunlere

      Dear Chimuanya,

      Thank you for your kind words.

      The i-Scholar Initiative is determined to continue to do more to change the narrative of young scholars from Nigeria and Africa.

      January 2, 2021 Reply

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