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

2013 - 2014

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Gina Guglielmoni

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Coming from a family of Spartans, Gina arrives at SJSU from South San Francisco with aspirations of obtaining a graduate degree in kinesiology and start a career helping athletes rehabilitate sports-related injuries with treatments their school or general practitioner do not provide. At El Camino High School, Gina gained extensive volunteer experience as a trainer’s assistant and manager for the football and softball teams. She is also a long-term volunteer with groups supporting disabled veterans and at St. Veronica Parish. 

"Being a third generation Spartan means a lot to me and my family as well as receiving the Alan and Phyllis Simpkins Alumni Leadership Award. Six of my family members are alumni of San Jose State and are part of the large group that make this scholarship possible. The scholarship will aid in achieving my ultimate dream of obtaining a masters degree in Kinesiology (Athletic Training) and start a career as an Athletic Trainer."