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Breana Bacon | | September 28, 2017

Will Ferrell, wife Viveca donate team's first fully endowed scholarship

As if defending their national championship title wasn't enough motivation for the USC women's soccer team, comedian and actor Will Ferrell recently gave the Trojans extra motivation to have a stellar season.

Ferrell, a USC alumnus, and his wife, Viveca Paulin, have endowed the team's first fullly endowed scholarship. 

Women's soccer was one of the few USC athletic teams without a full scholarship endowment, so Ferrell and Paulin expressed interest to the school in supporting a program that may not get as much recognition as sports like basketball or football, according to The pair have previously donated to college athletics organizations including Cancer for College, an organization that awards scholarships to cancer survivors, and Swim with Mike, a USC program that grants scholarships to physically challenged athletes. 

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The actor was more recently linked to his alma mater for delivering a viral speech at USC's 134th commencement this past May.

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Ferrell started his career as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and has a strong Hollywood sports presence, starring in movies such as the ESPY award-winning Talledega Nights: Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Semi-Pro, along with playing a soccer dad-turned-coach in the 2005 comedy Kicking & Screaming

But Ferrell is also a real-life soccer dad -- all three of his sons play the sport. Ferrell and Paulin both share a love of soccer. Ferrell is a part owner of the Los Angeles Football Club, set to kick off its inaugural season in 2018, and Paulin was a member of the Division III Pomona College soccer team during her undergrad years and even made the all-selection team in 1991. 

The No. 7-ranked Trojans are 6-1-1 this season, and as the first Pac-12 team to win multiple national titles, they hope to add another notch in their championship belt this season. Ferrell and Paulin's generous gesture certainly shows that the Trojans' hard work is paying off in more ways than one. 

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