Gina Guglielmoni, 2014-15
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."
Jolene Hom, 2013-14
"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.