Paul Silver Enrichment Award

The Paul Silver Enrichment 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 Enrichment 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.

2018 PAUL SILVER ENRICHMENT AWARD APPLICATION GUIDELINES
Deadline to Apply: November 16, 2018

Applicants are required to submit an essay answering the following questions: 

  • How has Alport Syndrome impacted your life? 
  • What are your extracurricular activities, hobbies and/or special interests?        
  • What is the reason you wish to receive the award? 
  • How will the award be used? 
  • How will receipt of the award enhance your life/education? 

 The essay should be typed, double-spaced and no longer than 3 pages. It should be well-organized and state the applicant’s point of view clearly.  
 The following materials should be submitted with the essay: 

  • Application form 
  • A photograph   
  • A letter of recommendation on official letterhead from a nephrology professional caring for the applicant who can discuss applicant’s strengths, admirable qualities, and personal challenges and verify they are an Alport Syndrome patient. 
  • A letter of recommendation on official letterhead from a teacher or administrator from applicant’s current academic institution who can discuss their strengths, admirable qualities, and challenges they have faced. 

Winners must agree to allow ASF to mention their name, give a testimonial and/or photograph in communications surrounding the award (including the website), and be willing to participate, where possible, in promotion of this award.
Within 6 months after receipt of the award, the Winner will be asked to provide a report to ASF describing the impact the award had, which may include:  

  • How receipt of the award enhanced their life/education?  
  • How receipt of the award enabled them to develop an interest or meet a goal that enhanced their life/education? 

Note: Applicants are encouraged to use photos, videos and other supporting materials to demonstrate the impact of the award. Should a recipient not be able to use the award for the stated purpose they must contact ASF to discuss the issue, before deciding to use the monies for an alternate purpose. 
For information on the previous awardees, please go to www.alportsyndrome.org. 

Do you meet the qualifications? Submit your Paul Silver Enrichment Award Application Form today! Email the completed form and all applicable documents to info@alportsyndrome.org by no later than November 16, 2018.

Winners of the 2017 Paul Silver Enrichment 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 2016 Paul Silver Enrichment 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 Enrichment Award, click here.

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