Thank you very much for taking the time to fill out an application...Perhaps the words above seem familiar to you. I imagine most adults have gotten rejection letters of some kind or another at some time in their lives. However well-intentioned and even honest the words may attempt to be, the result is still inevitably bad news, and no one wants to have to read one of these things.
...Unfortunately, your name was not among those who will be nominated...
I hope that you can imagine how difficult it was... to have so MANY good folks to choose from—you among them—and not be able to select them all!
There are any number of things I could say about rejection. I could point out that rejection comes to anyone who puts themselves out there enough. I could say that no one achieves anything truly great without not only risking rejection, but also without actually suffering rejection from time to time. I could speculate that the rejection may not have been caused by anything personal about the application or the applicant's abilities. It may have just been a fluke of timing, and an identical application sent at a different time could well have had different results.
But none of that really matters right now. Right now, all I know is that I was rejected. And rejection hurts.
I really wanted this.