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Giving Today To Change Lives Today - COD Alumnus Steps Up With $50,000.
04/17/2014

Noris Paul - A Motivated Man and His Motivational $50,000 Endowment

As a child, College of the Desert alumnus Noris Paul found all the motivation he needed facing adversity growing up in Palm Springs’ Section 14 ghetto. After graduating from Palm Springs High School Noris worked a year before joining the United States Air Force.  For the next five years Noris served mostly in Spain as an air policeman where an accident left him partially disabled.

Upon returning to Palm Springs, Noris enrolled at College of the Desert (COD). “It was very hard for me to get in. I had to take some remedial classes initially and had to petition to be admitted,” Noris said. “I attempted to get financial help, but this was before COD Foundation even existed.”

Noris completed 70 units at the College and in 1968 transferred to San Bernardino State where he graduated with a degree in sociology and a minor in Spanish.  In 1971 he took a job with the Riverside County Probation Department.

Noris retired as a senior probation officer for Riverside County more than 15 years ago, but he continues to find the motivation he needs to hit the gym every morning, practice his guitar lessons – acoustic and electric –  tend to his vegetable garden, work on a project or two underway at all times in the woodshop, and then there’s Maja, his German Shepherd who gets two good walks a day.

In 2013, Noris came back to COD with a gift designed to motivate minority students to pursue higher education. The gift was inspired by a friendship Noris formed with former COD Foundation Executive Director Gene House via an early job out of college.

“As you can imagine, the work of the Foundation came up in many conversations with Gene,” Noris said. “I wanted to give back to the College while I am around to see the good it will do, the lives it will change.”

The Noris Paul $50,000 Endowed Scholarship was established in April 2013 and is open to full-time minority students studying in any disciplines with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

“I am honored to give back to the College which gave so much to me and encourage alumni and others to step up to help change lives.”