Phyllis and Alan Simpkins Alumni Leadership Award

About the Award

Phyllis and Alan Simpkins provided extraordinary leadership and vision for SJSU and an unparalleled level of support across campus. To honor their memory, the Alumni Association created this award to recognize a student who demonstrates strong academics, leadership, and volunteerism efforts. 

“Alan and I received very good educations at San Jose State. I could try to be very philosophical about ‘giving back,’ but it’s not that complicated — we knew there were financial needs on the campus, and we knew we wanted to help.” - Phyllis Simpkins '46

Previous Recipients





Marco A. Hernandez

Marco HernandezWhen Marco was young, he met an art director at the Lucas Film Studios. During the studio tour, he was introduced to a world of art he had not realized existed. Marco was excited to truly discover art and its prevalent application in the entertainment industry. He believes that animators offer a great service to people, and would love to become one some day. For this reason, he has taken the first steps in the direction of his dream career by deciding to pursue a degree in Animation and Illustration.