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LAFC owner Will Ferrell establishes full scholarship for USC women’s soccer program

Star offers support to alma mater, NCAA national champion.

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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.

Ferrell, who is a graduate of USC, and Paulin, who played collegiate soccer at nearby Pomona College, donated an undisclosed amount to establish the women’s soccer scholarship. The news release appears to indicate it will be a single full ride offered annually to a member of the Trojans NCAA women’s soccer team, but the full details are unclear.

One aspect that is usually misunderstood by the general public is that sports that are not “revenue earners” (typically football and men’s basketball) often only have a few or no full scholarships for NCAA athletes. This is certainly the case in soccer, where many athletes have partial scholarships, but full rides are unusual, and most of the time even more unusual in women’s soccer. The endowment may also help USC build upon its national championship in 2016, when the team blew through the field to College Cup and then to win the NCAA title.

Ferrell is of course also a co-owner of 2018 MLS expansion team Los Angeles Football Club, so it’s great to see not only another way he’s supporting soccer locally but women’s soccer in particular. Kudos to Ferrell and Paulin for their donation.

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