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Meet the 2020 Paul Silver Enrichment Awardees!

January 21, 2021

The 2020 Paul Silver Enrichment Award Selection Committee was deeply moved by the stories of each of this year’s applicants and was inspired by their unwavering efforts to achieve personal goals.

The Paul Silver Enrichment Award was created in memory of Paul Silver, an Alport syndrome patient and film and music editor. Paul was the recipient of an award which helped him accomplish a professional goal and the annual Alport Syndrome Foundation Award proudly continues this “pay it forward” philosophy.

In memory of Paul Silver, the Silver family and Alport Syndrome Foundation are honored and pleased to provide financial awards to the following young individuals living with Alport syndrome (pictured above – Top Left, Clockwise):

Niklas – age 20, California
Award will be used to complete the necessary flight hours for a commercial rating as a pilot.

Layla – age 16, Arizona
Award will be used to help pay for college tuition.

Gabrielle – age 17, Minnesota
Award will be used to support her pursuit of a Nursing Degree.

Lindsay – age 17, Texas
Award will be used to suport architechture-centric education at the college level (laptop, required design software, and tuition assistance).

As part of their Awardee Agreement, in the comings months, each winner will provide ASF with a short video and write-up showcasing how the Paul Silver Enrichment Award helped them accomplish their respective personal goals. Congratulations to all our 2020 Awardees!

Niklas Murray, one of the 2020 Awardees, discusses his win and passion for flying in a February 3, 2021 Ledger Dispatch article.

Learn more about the annual Award and prior winners at this link.

“In starting the Paul Silver Enrichment Award, it was my hope to empower young people with Alport Syndrome to not let the disease define them and to realize their dreams. I saw the importance of this when my son was given such an award many years ago. The recipients of this year’s Award, as well as past awardees, embody the goal I set for myself.”

-Joyce Silver (pictured below with her son, Paul)

Paul Silver and his mother, Joyce