Catawba College's John Wear Honored with New EWG Summer Fellowship

Catawba College’s founding director of the Center for the Environment, John Wear, has been honored with the creation of a summer fellowship program by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). The John Wear fellowship will allow a student to work with EWG to promote healthier lives in a healthier environment.

“It is a real privilege to have had the opportunity to work closely with Ken Cook and his outstanding team at EWG over the years,” said Wear. “Their incredible work to safeguard the health of families and our environment nationwide and beyond is truly remarkable. I am deeply grateful for this recognition and the opportunities this fellowship will bring to our students now and in the future.”

Catawba College student Caleb Townsend is the first recipient of the fellowship. He will spend this summer in EWG’s Washington, DC office, working closely with scientists, policy experts, media professionals, and programmers to learn about all aspects of the organization’s work.

Townsend is a rising junior majoring in environment and sustainability, with concentrations in natural resource management and environmental Science. A native of Winston-Salem, NC, he will begin his 10-week fellowship in early June.

"I am grateful and honored to represent Catawba College and Dr. Wear's remarkable legacy,” said Townsend.  “I am eagerly looking forward to this unique opportunity to collaborate and learn from the top public interest leaders at EWG."

About The Environmental Working Group (EWG)

The Environmental Working Group is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization that empowers people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. Through research, advocacy, and unique education tools, EWG drives consumer choice and civic action. Visit for more information.

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