Paul Silver Tribute Award

The Paul Silver Tribute Award was created in memory of Paul Silver, an Alport syndrome patient. Paul was a film and music editor in Hollywood who passed away in 2004 at the age of 38. In 1985, Paul was the recipient of a similar award while studying film-making in college. Paul needed a camera to document his trip to Tuscany, Italy, where he was planning to attend a summer study program. He applied for, and won, an award that enabled him to purchase the necessary equipment to make a documentary film about his experiences in Italy and the benefits of this program for his school.

The Paul Silver Tribute Award was designed to “pay it forward“ by helping other young people affected by Alport syndrome achieve one of their own goals. It can be used to complete a project or pursue an activity that will enhance the applicant’s life.

The award is open to individuals ages 16 to 22 years old. The selection committee has at its discretion $3,000 to award to one or more worthy applicants.

Winners of the 2018 Paul Silver Tribute Award

Mark, 18, plans to use his award to help fund his tuition. Cipolla, a well-traveled military kid, wants to pursue a degree and eventual career in rehabilitation services. While he admits Alport Syndrome has complicated his life, he’s determined to use the experience to support others struggling with disorders. Read Mark’s Essay

Yara, 18, says the award announcement couldn’t have come at a better time. She applied shortly after her home was destroyed by Hurricane Harvey last August. She plans to put the money towards her biology education and has dreams of becoming a pediatric nephrologist. Read Yara’s full Essay

Norman, 21,  has plans to earn his doctorate in clinical psychology before the age of 26. He hopes to give back to the community through institution work before undergoing his transplant. Read Norman’s Essay

Winners of the 2017 Paul Silver Tribute Award

Maddison, 17, is a high school senior from Connecticut. She plans to use her award to offset educational expenses as she studies to become a neonatal nurse practitioner.

Read Maddison’s essay

Sarah, 17, is a high school senior from Washington state. She will use her award to purchase a laptop to use in college as she studies to become a pediatric surgeon.

Read Sarah’s essay

To see previous winners of the Paul Silver Tribute Award, click here.

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