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“ and is aimed at enriching the lives of young Alport patients to support education, complete a project, or pursue an activity that will enhance the applicant‘s life. Awards will be granted to selected individuals that are 16 to 22 years old, up to a maximum of $1,000.

Winners of the 2016 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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