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

Members Make a Difference!

Every time a proud Spartan joins the Alumni Association, they make a tremendous impact on the lives of current students. Members help fund our Scholarship Program, one of the largest scholarship programs offered by an alumni association in the CSU system! 

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Jolene Hom

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"It is a great honor to be the recipient of the Phyllis and Alan Simpkins Alumni Leadership Award because the award not only reflects my past accomplishments in academics and leadership positions, but represents my future goals and aspirations.  As a Girl Scout and former Associated Student Body officer, I have learned the importance of taking initiative, and discovered that successful leaders are those who become the catalyst in motivating others to take action as well.  After years of volunteering within my community, I have yet to experience a greater feeling than making a difference in the lives of the people I serve."

Jolene is a recent graduate of Mills High School in Millbrae, CA and an incoming freshman at SJSU. She plans to study business administration with a concentration in finance and stay involved in her community. While in high school, Jolene began her own corsage and boutonniere business, Flowers by Jolene. For two years, she made flower arrangements that were sold for school dances. Jolene was a member of the Leadership Class for three years and chosen by her high school counseling department and teachers as an American Legion Auxiliary Girls State Finalist. She was also elected Mills High School Associated Student Body vice president and was a Girl Scout for 12 years, earning her Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. She played forward for the Mills High School Soccer Team for four years and participated in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life for three years as a team co-captain.