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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 ESPN.com. 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.