PHOENIX—ASF put out a call for applications in July 2012 for the Paul Silver Tribute Award. This award was created in memory of Paul Silver, an Alport Syndrome patient who was a film and music editor in Hollywood and who passed away in 2004 at the age of 38.
In 1985, Paul was the recipient of a similar award. He was studying filmmaking and needed a camera to document his trip to Tuscany, Italy, where he was planning to attend a summer study program. Paul was able to make a documentary film about his experiences in Italy and the benefits of the program for the University.
The Paul Silver Tribute Award was designed to "pay it forward" and assist young Alport Syndrome patients in achieving their own goals. Applicants were evaluated on the purpose and potential impact of the award, quality of their essay, recommendations, and completeness of their submittal.
ASF is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 Paul Silver Tribute Award. Each recipient received $1,000.
Conner Cooper, 20, is a sophomore at Kansas State University, in Manhattan, KS. After graduation, he plans to help others who have problems of speech, hearing and language. Conner will use his award to offset college expenses. Read his essay.
Jessica Davis, 22, is a junior at University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, VA. She has plans to become a child psychologist focusing on children with chronic illnesses. Her award will help finance a semester at sea. Read her essay.
Julia Schnetzler, 15, attends high school in Hawaii, where she is involved in multiple sports, orchestra, and Girl Scouts. She plans to use her award to purchase a camera to document her life so she does not forget the beautiful things, unique moments, and crazy days. Read her essay.