The Helen Lansdowne Resor (HLR) Scholarship is an international opportunity that aims to amplify historically marginalized voices in the creative industry. It provides female and non-binary college students the opportunities and support they need to successfully join the advertising industry’s creative ranks.

Helen Lansdowne Resor, the industry and Wunderman Thompson’s first female copywriter, was an unparalleled creative force during her time. Now, we’re turning to the next generation looking to take their creative bravery to the next level.

The global scholarship, established with the 4A’s Foundation, will award four recipients $10,000 towards their creative journey, plus a paid internship at a Wunderman Thompson office in their respective region, a mentor from Wunderman Thompson and a “first look” placement consideration upon graduation.

Applications for the next round open in Fall 2023.

2022 Winners

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Christine Cozzo

Philadelphia, PA, USA
"It still doesn't feel real. To me, this scholarship is a sign to keep working for my dreams because I owe it to everyone who believed in me. I'm distinctly aware of the impact this opportunity will have on my career and will forever be grateful that someone saw something admirable in my work. Helen Lansdowne Resor's long-lasting legacy of creative bravery is an impressive feat I can only aspire to one day do honor to.”

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Charis Liang

Choa Chu Kang, Singapore
"I am thrilled and grateful to have been given this opportunity, and particularly to follow in the footsteps of Helen Lansdowne Resor – who before becoming the first of the Mad Woman, was first and foremost admirably self-reliant and self-supporting with the skills she had at her disposal in a gender-hostile era and environment."

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Sira Piazzese Spratte

Buenos Aires, Argentina
"Winning the Helen Lansdowne Resor Scholarship is an honor and a privilege for which I am extremely grateful. I consider this achievement a symbol of the dedication I have put into my studies and projects and look forward to making the most of this opportunity. I am very excited for all the knowledge and experiences that I know this internship will give me."

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Ilu Shilpakar

Madrid, Spain
“There are no words to express how grateful I am for receiving the HLR Scholarship. It's the best opportunity for young creative women, and I still can't believe I am one of them. I can't wait to join Wunderman Thompson to learn from amazing creatives.”

It’s our pleasure to help share Helen’s voice with young creative women and non-binary individuals and present this scholarship in her honor. We hope that by giving them the support and mentorship they need we will enable them to join advertising’s creative ranks and create a more diverse, equitable, and truly inclusive future for our industry.

Ezinne Okoro

Global Chief Inclusion, Equity & Diversity Officer, Wunderman Thompson

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2021 Winners

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Maia Buljeta – New York, USA

"The great part about working at Wunderman Thompson is being part of a great campaign that is advertising at its very best: a medium with the power to inspire critical thinking that triggers positive change in the world through the power of story. A great idea can come from anywhere. Everyone has genius. This experience cemented my beliefs that what sells a product is A) unusual juxtapositions to tap into all of our innate childlike sense of wonder, and B) generosity, authenticity and compassion towards humanity at large, because humans thrive off the spirit of community."


Nikki Singh – Perth, Australia

"It is a great honour to be paralleled with a body that seeks to empower and propel females in the creative industry. I see this scholarship as an opportunity to leverage my creative intuition for good, and trail the footsteps of remarkable trailblazer, Helen Lansdowne Resor."

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Nilo Siqueira - Belo Horizonte, Brazil

"This has been a beautiful opportunity. I learned a lot about working in groups and how to make my ideas more understandable to all group members. I love my team. Everyone is so understanding, patient and helpful. I’m very grateful for this opportunity and I am very glad that I will continue working with them after the 8 week internship. Thank you so much!"


Bashirat Oladele – London, United Kingdom

"It was really cool working on the copywriting project with the Wunderman Thompson team. In particular, I really loved working with the Wunderman Thompson Intelligence team because it gave me an insight into a different career path. I learned more about trend analysts and researchers that are able to break down cultural insights and the implications for their clients."

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