On July 7, 2018, the Alumni Association Executive Director Jason Asbill had the honor of presenting the Alumni Connect, Engage, & Inspire Awards to three Young Marines National Leadership Academy graduates. These awards were peer-voted and awarded to those Young Marines who best embodied the Alumni Association core values through their leadership skills. Each recipient will receive an Alumni SPACES Scholarship of their choice for Summer 2019. The following Young Marines received awards:
- YM/Cpl. Blayne B. (Camp Pendleton Young Marines) received the JLS Alumni Connect Award.
- YM/Sgt. Calvin G. (Oregon Cascade Young Marines) received the SLS Alumni Engage Award.
- YM/MSgt. Bryson B. (Rutherford County Young Marines) received the Alumni ALS Inspire Award. (Bryson was also at the top of his class and graduated as ALS Honor Graduate. He also received the SLS Engage Award last summer.)