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Arizona Sun Devil and former foster youth Noor Almasahwi is winning at life.

Former Foster Youth and College Student Athlete is Winning At Life

A big part of what we do here at Pivotal is to encourage our youth to dream big. That’s why we love sharing stories of our scholars like Noor Almusahwi, who’s well on his way to realizing his career goals. Noor sets the bar high for all college students, not just those from foster care.   

A quintessential student athlete, Noor is now a senior with a 3.9 GPA at Arizona State University and wrestler in the school’s Top-10 wrestling program. Before transferring to ASU, he was California’s top ranked wrestler. Although his days are jam-packed with classes, homework, and perfecting the wrestling skills and technique he began learning in high school, he also finds time to conduct policy research on the rights of refugees.

When Noor entered foster care at age 14, he had a great deal going on in his life. Luckily, the high school wrestling coach took notice. He encouraged Noor to try the sport as an outlet to express the range of feelings he was grappling with. Noor joined the team and soon found his happy place. Of wrestling, he says, “When I go to practice, I feel free. I get to do something that I love.” With unwavering support from his coach and a relentless work ethic, Noor evolved into the top-ranked high school wrestler in California.

Armed with newly minted confidence and a focus on his future, Noor enrolled in community college with plans to study law and pursue a career in politics. After learning about Pivotal, he applied for our scholarship, which helps to offset living expenses while attending college.

We think Noor is an impressive scholar and role model for all young people. It’s clear from his significant accomplishments already that he's determined this own path and is on his way to success. We are thrilled to play a small part in his amazing journey.


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Read more about Noor’s childhood and his inspiring story here.