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. Learn how former Awardees Maddie and Josiah used their funding on our YouTube Channel.
The award is open to individuals ages 16 to 22 years old living in the United States. A minimum of $1,000 will be awarded by the Selection Committee to the applicant(s) who best demonstrate the evaluation criteria. Awardee(s) will be notified in January 2022.
Click here to watch videos featuring prior winners discussing their Awards. Read about prior Paul Silver Enrichment Awardees below.
Paul Silver shares a moment with his sister, Sharon, in this undated, family photograph. Sharon’s extensive family history of Alport syndrome motivated her to co-found Alport Syndrome Foundation in 2007 to provide a haven of hope, action, and support for those facing this rare kidney disease. Since its creation over a decade ago, thousands of patients have benefited from Sharon’s desire to connect Alport syndrome patients and families.