Max Clary ’10 has used the challenges and tragedies in his own life to motivate him to help others. By the age of 12, Clary had lost both of his parents; his father died of suicide when Max was very young, and his mother, who had struggled with drug addiction, was killed by her boyfriend. In adolescence, Clary’s own life started spiraling out of control. “I began using drugs, got into trouble, and started failing out of school”. Max resolved to turn his life around, and won a scholarship to the Dublin School.
Clary would often fill up his thermos with tea and spend hours walking the woods and trails that constitute our beautiful campus. Max credits his teachers at Dublin for challenging him. “Sarah Doenmez and Nicole Sintetos particularly inspired me, and opened my eyes to human rights work”. Max connected Dublin with Prajwala, a nonprofit in Hyderabad, India, that works with victims of sex trafficking. Through this partnership, Prajwala was able to raise funds to operate its facilities on solar power. Max also founded KareMeKuc, a nonprofit focused on rehabilitating child soldiers in northern Uganda.
Now a senior at Lewis & Clark College studying Chemistry, Max was recognized this fall as a finalist for the Wyatt Starnes Battle of the School Award by the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network. The award recognizes young entrepreneurs who have demonstrated a willingness to take risks, an entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to making the world a better place.
As for what comes next, Max isn’t content yet. “I always try and find the next simple step. What’s next usually unfolds from there.”