Alport Syndrome Foundation Invites Applications for Paul Silver Enrichment Award

The Alport Syndrome Foundation (ASF) is inviting applications for the Paul Silver Enrichment Award in memory of Paul Silver, an Alport syndrome patient.

Silver was a film and music editor in Hollywood who passed away in 2004 at the age of 38. In 1985, he was a Communications major studying filmmaking at Pennsylvania State University and needed a camera to document his trip to Tuscany, Italy, where was he was planning to attend a summer study program. Silver applied for, and won, the Anthony Maimone Memorial Award and was able to make a documentary film for the university about his experiences in Italy and the benefits of the program. The purpose of the award is to “pay it forward” and help other young people affected by Alport syndrome achieve one of their goals. The award can be used to complete a project or pursue an activity that will enhance the applicant’s life.

The program is open to individuals between the ages of 16 and 22 affected by Alport syndrome.  The award selection committee has a total of $3,000 to award, at its discretion, to one or more applications.

Applicants will be evaluated on the purpose and potential impact of the award, if the award will allow the applicant to achieve their stated goal, the quality of the essay, recommendation letters, and completeness of the submission.

Applications will be accepted between September 1 and November 16, 2019, with winners to be notified in early January 2020.

Applicants should review the guidelines and requirements carefully before completing the enclosed forms. To be considered, all guidelines must be met in full. All application materials can be either mailed (post-marked by 11/16/19) or e-mailed to: Alport Syndrome Foundation Attn: Paul Silver Enrichment Award Committee PO BOX 4130 Scottsdale, AZ 85261-4130 Or email:

For the complete RFP, application instructions and guidelines, and information on past winners, see the Alport Syndrome website.