Our History


A charitable fund has been created at Scholarship America to celebrate the memory of Rick Hopcraft.

This scholarship supports military veterans, especially those seeking to enter the commercial real estate field in Orange County, to honor Rick’s military service, and his community and commercial real estate industry leadership.

Beginning in the 2015-16 academic year, the Scholarship Selection Committee awarded scholarships to returning veterans pursuing education at area institutions of higher learning (including Chapman University, California State University Fullerton, USC, UC Irvine, Orange Coast Community College, Pepperdine and others).

A total of $128,500 has been awarded during the first four academic years of the scholarship. Thirteen scholarship recipients have received grants ranging from $1,500 to $20,000 to assist with their education.

Please join us in honoring Rick’s life and work by helping returning veterans get an education and an introduction to commercial real estate in Orange County.

The Rick Hopcraft Memorial Scholarship Fund is a nonprofit California corporation, and is partnered with Scholarship America, a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization.  Tax ID #04-2296967.

Contributions in any amount are welcome: Make Checks Payable to: Scholarship America with memo: Rick Hopcraft Memorial Scholarship. Send to: 7900 International Drive, Suite 500, Minneapolis, MN 55425.

Online giving platform: 

Donations may be made by PayPal or credit card by visiting the Rick Hopcraft Memorial Scholarship for Veterans. Click on the link marked “Donate.” This will link you directly to a secured page.

The Rick Hopcraft Memorial Scholarship Fund is a charitable fund of Scholarship America, which is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization (tax identification number #33-0378778). Contributions to the fund are charitable within the limits of federal law.

For more information regarding applying for the scholarship, contact Michelle Abril, Rick Hopcraft Foundation, michelle@hopcraftfofundation.org; or Matthew Byrd, Scholarship America, 507-931-8338 | mbyrd@scholarshipamerica.org.

Leadership Committee members: 
Steve and Janice Hopcraft; Ann Browning, Attorney at Law; Nancy Kindelan; Kristin and Chris Martin; Tom Conway, Diversified Investment Services; Nancy Park, Best, Best & Krieger, LLLP; Heather Maloney, Chipotle Mexican Grill; Molly Sewald; Stephanie Harrison; Kristin Martin, KM Productions; Tom Conway, Diversified Financial Services; Summer Hale, First American Title; and, Don and Linda Nemchock.


Maureen Bitler

Johnna Grant, Platinum Storage Group

Ann Browning

Nancy Kindelan

Marilyn Kindelan

Hopcraft Family Trust

Grant Freeman

Dawn-Marie Aleson

Michelle Schierberl, Colliers International

Platinum Storage Group

Tom Conway, Diversified Investment Services

Patty Georges, Georges & Moore Accountancy Corp.

Nancy Bushnell

The Lapin Company

Mark & Judith Sewald

Land Interests Inc.

Marcus & Millichap

Michael Neri

Paul Sewald

Bancap Self Storage Group, Inc.

Marketplace Properties

Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

Yumi Brands Foundation

Kate Carter

Patricia Moore

Ed Gogin, CPA

Hughes Investments

The Duda Family Foundation

Stephanie Hopcraft

Grant Destache, Bottom Line Steel

Cynthia Bell & Associates

Rutan & Tucker, L.P.

Susan Graham

Orange County CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women)

Mary Shipma, Taco Bell Corp.

Brendan & Heather Maloney

Best, Best & Krieger, LLP

Susan Vavak, Dynamic Real Estate Ventures, Inc.

First American Title Company

Summer Hale, First American Title Company

Linda Eddy, Attorney at Law

Don & Linda Nemchock

Mark Hoover

Dan Grable

Andy Steinfeld

David Mudgett

Gary Holliday

Brooke Birtcher-Gustafson

Andrew Pipon

Rex Harrison

Don Nemchock

Ken Wayte

Lauren Gresh

Heather Bufinsky

Financial goal: $250,000

The Rick Hopcraft estate contributed the first $50,000, and a group of real estate leaders seeks additional contributions to total $250,000.


For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact Steve Hopcraft, 916/956-4592, steve@hopcraft.com