The University of Southern California announced on Tuesday the endowment of a full scholarship for women’s soccer through Will Ferrell and his wife, Viveca Paulin.
The donation creating the Viveca Paulin and Will Ferrell Scholarship Fund is part of USC’s Heritage Initiative fundraising drive begun in 2012 whose goals include raising $283 million, $1 million for each of the 283 scholarships provided in USC’s 21 varsity sports.
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USC won NCAA women’s soccer championships in 2007 and 2016, one of four schools to win multiple Division I women’s soccer titles.
Ferrell, who graduated from USC in 1990, is a part owner of the Los Angeles Football Club, the Major League Soccer team that will begin play in 2018 at Banc of California Stadium, adjacent to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and USC.
Paulin, an auctioneer, played soccer at Pomona College. Their three sons — Magnus, Mattias and Axel — all play soccer.