Planet Fitness awards Maui teen a $5,000 scholarship

Planet Fitness Inc. has awarded Tahiti Ahsam of Kahului a $5,000 scholarship for her efforts to create a kinder world for today’s youths as part of the company’s Judgement Free Generation philanthropic initiative, which aims to prevent bullying and promote kindness everywhere. The award ceremony took place May 16 at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui’s Central Clubhouse in Kahului.

As part of this scholarship program, Planet Fitness is recognizing 30 teens across the country who have promoted kindness, acceptance and inclusion in their communities.

Applications were submitted from Boys & Girls Club youths throughout the country and the scholarship recipients were awarded based on a personal essay, staff recommendation and video submission, all representing how they demonstrate and perpetuate values of kindness, acceptance, respect and tolerance.

In the winning entry, Ahsam shared her hopes for stopping bullying through the values of her Native Hawaiian culture, specifically sharing. “By perpetuating my Hawaiian culture, I’m able to set forth values like pono and aloha. Bullying is not aloha, it’s not pono, and it has no place in these values.”

Ahsam has been a Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui Paukukalo Clubhouse member for seven years and is a 2019 Baldwin High School graduate. She will be attending the University of Hawaii at Hilo in the fall and plans to pursue Hawaiian Studies.