Rick Hopcraft Memorial Scholarship
In life, Rick Hopcraft gave of himself to others and cared deeply for his friends, colleagues, and the community of Costa Mesa in which he lived and worked. He proudly served his country in the National Guard’s 107th Signal Company on active duty in Vietnam. Upon return to civilian life, Rick began a highly successful career in real estate, and spent 40 years with First American Title Company, eventually becoming vice president of national sales. During his tenure, Rick was presented with the company’s first annual John Lusk Memorial award for his community service, including more than 20 years’ support for the City of Hope. Rick’s community service was varied, including service on the board of directors for Women in Commercial Real Estate (Orange County Chapter) and supporting fundraising efforts for the Building Industry Association, the March of Dimes, the Boy Scouts of America, the International Council of Shopping Centers’ Southern California Program Committee and the Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives. He served as a mentor to many in the commercial real estate industry, and brought more fun to his work than anyone could have anticipated.
The Rick Hopcraft Memorial Scholarship seeks to carry on Rick’s memory and legacy of community service by supporting returning veterans in their preparation for commercial real estate careers in Orange County. In partnership with the Orange County Community Foundation, the Rick Hopcraft Memorial Scholarship committee will award one or more scholarships annually to returning veterans pursuing education at area institutions of higher learning in Orange County. Rick was an amazing man who was always thinking of ways to help other people throughout his career, military service and community volunteerism. Known for his generosity and humor, Rick leaves a legion of friends and fans.