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$10,000for five creative women

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A game changer, that's who.

It started in 1908, when Helen Lansdowne was hired by J. Walter Thompson Cincinnati as the industry's first female copywriter.

She soon moved to the New York office, where she rose through the ranks as a creative powerhouse.

She hired and mentored dozens of creative women, ensuring that the female voice was represented in J. Walter Thompson's work.


Are you ready to follow in her footsteps?


  • Female students registered at an undergraduate, graduate, and/or portfolio school
  • At least 12 months of school left as of May 20 2019


  • Personal statement (500 words or less)
  • Letter of recommendation from a faculty member
  • 3-5 creative samples
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could you be #TheNextHLR?

What is the Helen Lansdowne Resor Scholarship?

It's your big break. Your shot to steer the future of advertising. Here's what you'll get if you win:
  • A scholarship up to $10,000 to put towards your education
  • An internship at a Wunderman Thompson office
  • One-on-one mentorship
  • First-look placement at Wunderman Thompson after graduation

Who is the program for?

In short, badass women studying creativity. Oh, and you also have to:
  • Be a registered student at an undergraduate, graduate, and/or portfolio school with at least 12 months of school left as of May 20, 2019
  • Show creative talent and potential in a course of study like Art Direction, Copywriting, Design, Experiential Design, Sculpture, Film, etc. Basically, if you think it applies to you, it probably does
  • Maintain satisfactory academic and creative progress as determined by your school

What’s the deal with the actual internship?

First, it’s an incredible opportunity to get your feet wet in advertising. Second, you’ll have access to the Wunderman Thompson global network – 20,000 people across 90 countries - filled with creatives, data enthusiasts, technologists, and more. And lastly, you’ll be able to include the internship on your resume for future job opportunities.

Where do I need to live to participate?

Anywhere! As long as you meet the above criteria.

Do I need to be taking marketing or advertising classes
to apply?

No, you just need to be studying creativity, and have an interest in a career in advertising.

How do I apply?

Click here to complete the application. You'll have to submit your application form, a personal statement, a letter of recommendation and 3–5 creative samples by cze 17, 2019.

When you say creative samples...

That's 3–5 examples of the work that best showcases your creativity. Remember, quality over quantity, so choose wisely. And no, these do not have to be ads.

What's the personal statement?

It's a free pass to brag about yourself. Tell us about your background, passions, and what makes you the next Helen Lansdowne Resor.

How should my professors provide their recommendations?

You can submit your recommendations through the application form. Fair warning…we may contact your references for verification. If your reference wants to submit their recommendation directly to us, contact

Where's the money coming from?

Scholarships are paid out by the 4A's Foundation. Founded in 1917, the 4A's is the national trade association representing the advertising agency business in the United States. In 1997, they established the 4A's Foundation, which has been investing in education and providing financial support, primarily through scholarships, for future multicultural advertising and media executives.

How is the scholarship paid out?

The American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A's) will make up to $10,000 in payments directly to your school. You'll just need to give us the contact information for your school's financial services department.

What is Wunderman Thompson?

J. Walter Thompson (JWT) – the world’s best-known marketing communications brand – has been reimagining the future for businesses for over 154 years. In its evolution to better serve its clients, JWT has joined forces with Wunderman to form Wunderman Thompson, a creative, data and technology agency built to inspire growth. With 20,000 people in 90 markets around the world, Wunderman Thompson is uniquely positioned to rethink business, culture and brand experiences, owning delivery from end-to-end. To learn more, visit Wunderman Thompson.

What if I have more questions?

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