The Paul M. Chase Memorial Prize: 2016 Applications Now Being Reviewed

September 18, 2016 Update: The Paul M. Chase Memorial Prize online application is closed.   Applications are being reviewed.   Please note that applications that were submitted after Sept. 18th will not be considered for a 2016 award, out of respect for those who applied by the deadline. 

I. The Loss of a Great Champion for Those in Need of a Hand

Paul Chase was a great advocate, lawyer, son, partner, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend.   In his more than thirty year career as a lawyer and advocate, Paul stood up for the chronically ill, the disabled, the elderly, and the financially struggling.   He advanced the causes of affordable energy, climate change action, civil rights, consumer rights, health care access & affordability, and renewable power.   Paul’s remarkable abilities, character, humor, and warmth were widely appreciated by the entire breath of the Indiana public interest community (as seen by the tributes in Section IV below), including our organization. Paul, our treasured personal friend and professional colleague, was tragically taken from us, due to a car accident, on June 25, 2014.

II. Keeping Paul’s Spirit Alive: The Announcement of the Paul M. Chase Memorial Prize

In celebration of the life of a true champion of social justice, the Hoosier Environmental Council has established the Paul M. Chase Memorial Prize.

HEC aspires for the Memorial Prize to be not only an annual honor to a worthy young Hoosier who follows in Paul’s footsteps, but a fund for a modest annual scholarship.    We are very thankful that this Memorial Prize has the blessing of Paul’s family and that our announcement of this honor at Paul’s memorial service on July 2, 2014 provided comfort to many who were touched by Paul’s extraordinary life.

III. Turning Vision into Reality: The Formation of the Memorial Prize Advisory Council

On June 25, 2015, the anniversary of Paul’s passing, the Chase-Briner Family and the Hoosier Environmental Council announced the formation of the Paul M. Chase Prize Advisory Council.  The Advisory Council, and its leaders, will together turn the vision of the Paul M. Chase Memorial Prize into reality.    Leslie Chase Korengold, Paul’s younger sister, wrote a beautiful essay about the unfolding of the Council here.

A. Aims of the Advisory Council

1. Raise awareness of Paul’s life, inspiring high school students to emulate his selfless dedication to improve the lives of others.
2. Honor a worthy high school senior who embodies Paul’s spirit of compassion, integrity, commitment to the public good, and love of knowledge.
3. Provide a continuing sense of peace and strength to Paul’s family and friends who were honored to have him in their lives, knowing the spirit of his work will continue.

B. Advisory Council Co-Chairs and Director

The Paul M. Chase Prize Advisory Council will be co-chaired by Paul’s mother, Lorraine, and Paul’s partner, Terry Briner.  HEC’s Executive Director, Jesse Kharbanda, will serve as Senior Advisor.

C. Advisory Council Members

Advisory Council members include Glenn & Sydney Anderson, Beth & Sam Avraham, Joey Avraham, David Chalfie & Mark Demerly, Sandy Gosling & Rhea Newman, David Korengold, Lucas Korengold, Leslie & Richard Korengold, Veronica Korengold, June Lyle, Caitlin Priest, Iris Rosa, Robert Roth, Brenda Stickler, Marci Toler, and Kathy Williams.

D. Advisory Council Roles

Advisory Council members may be involved in reviewing scholarship applicants, raising awareness and funds for the Prize Fund, helping to recognize & celebrate future Paul M. Chase Prize winners, and working to keep Paul’s spirit alive in our community and beyond.

E. Announcing the Winner of the Paul M. Chase Memorial Prize

Finalist for the Prize will be interviewed in October of 2016 and we plan to announce our selection on October 23, 2016.

F. Support the Paul M. Chase Memorial Prize Fund

If you would like to donate to the Prize Fund, please go to our Donation page and write “Chase Memorial Prize” in the comments box of the Donation page.   If you would like to give a general gift to HEC in memory of Paul, please write “in memory of Paul Chase” in the comments box. In either case, we will notify the Chase Family of your thoughtfulness and your generosity.

IV. Apply for the Paul M. Chase Memorial Prize: Application Deadline has now passed.

The Prize will go to one deserving Marion County-based public high school senior who best embodies Paul’s amazing character and commitment to serve others.    Applications for a 2016 scholarship are now being reviewed.   For inquires about the scholarship, email pmcprize@hecweb.org.
Note: Given that the Paul M. Chase Memorial Prize is a brand-new scholarship opportunity, the Memorial Prize Advisory Council’s leadership decided to focus eligibility on Marion County-based public high schools at first.

V. Learn More About Paul and His Great Life

Our treasured friend

Fran Quigley, a law professor and long-time advocate for social justice, wrote a tribute in the Indianapolis Star, and Shelia Suess Kennedy, a prominent political commentator and law professor, wrote a piece about Paul here. John Cardwell and Nancy Griffin, champions for health care access and affordability, write of Paul in the Indianapolis Star.   Mike Leppert, long engaged in the Indiana political scene, shares his thoughts about Paul.   Leslie Chase Korengold, Paul’s younger sister, has written moving and funny reflections about Paul on her blog site.  Many mini-tributes for Paul can be found at the Shalom Memorial Funeral Home page, in this Indianapolis Star article, and across Facebook, such on the group pages of the “Highland Park High School – Our Fallen Classmates” and the African American Dance Company.

On April 21, 2015, the Indiana State Senate adopted SCR 52, a tribute to Paul’s life and to his exceptional contributions to the public good.     In October, Paul was selected as one of five distinguished Hoosiers honored in a new exhibit at the Indiana Historical Society.

VI. Share Your Reflections and Learn More

If you would like us to add a tribute that you’ve written about Paul’s life, write to us at pmcprize@hecweb.org.   If you would like to get meaningfully involved in promoting and/or financially supporting the Paul M. Chase Memorial Prize, please reach Jesse Kharbanda, Executive Director of the Hoosier Environmental Council, at jkharbanda@hecweb.org.