This is a bit off topic but maybe some people here will appreciate that you're not alone if you're in the same position. I was nominated and accepted to a highly selective and prestigious honor society in graduate school. The society has a program awarding a large number of grants for continuing education and professional development every year and earning one would be a nice line on my vita. I applied in the past for money towards some professional development opportunities and was denied. OK, not the best pursuit. But since then I became a life member of the society and they turned down a grant for me to take graduate courses at HES for my certificate and I got e-mail this morning that they've rejected my application this year for a grant towards earning my second doctorate, which is already in progress. This in spite of a long list of awards from multiple organizations, extensive public service, etc. What exactly does this organization want? Ivy graduate work wasn't worth funding, a second doctoral degree isn't worth funding, it's just highly frustrating that in spite of doing everything right I can't seem to get any traction with this group.
OK, that's the end of the rant, and maybe those of you fighting the same battle with a different organization will take some encouragement from the fact that you're not the only one dealing with it.