Helen Lansdowne Resor Scholarship



After reviewing hundreds of submissions from around the world, Wunderman Thompson is thrilled to announce the 2019 winners of our Helen Lansdowne Resor Scholarship!

The HLR Scholarship is an international opportunity that awards up to $10,000 for five creative women. Winners also get an internship at Wunderman Thompson, one-on-one mentorship, and first-look placement upon graduation.

So, who’s Helen?

It all started in 1908 when Helen was hired by J. Walter Thompson Cincinnati as the industry’s first female copywriter. She soon moved to the New York office, rising through the ranks, becoming one of the greatest copywriters of her generation and an advocate for the advancement of women in the creative domain. Helen was a true creative powerhouse.

Speaking of creative powerhouses, we’re ecstatic to introduce the five outstanding creative women who embody Helen’s drive, spirit, and creative prowess.

Learn more about their work, stories, and creativity below.


Mariana Legaspi Jimenez (Art Direction, ITESO, LATAM)
"Words cannot describe how thankful I am for winning the HLR scholarship. This is a huge honor and it has been amazing, When I received the call, I was beyond happy, not only because I could continue my education but because I can now focus on giving my very best in every opportunity I am given—whether it is at work or at school. Representing creative women in design is a huge honor that I will take advantage of by continuing to create and express myself through art and design, and make my peers, family, friends, country, and myself proud."


Sherine Y Salla (Graphic Design, German University of Cairo, MENA)
“It’s an honour being chosen for this incredible opportunity that perfectly combines two topics I’m very passionate about; creativity and women’s empowerment. I hope that one day I’ll be able to use my skills as a graphic designer to create messages that positively impact the world.”


Leda Bartolucci (Communication Design, The Glasgow School of Art, Europe)
"I feel incredibly encouraged in winning this scholarship. I see myself as a channel for this incredible chance to reach more and more women in the creative field, and I am humbled to be representing them thanks to this scholarship. This opportunity will lead me to test myself in ways I wouldn't have thought possible, and I am sure it is going to affect my practice forever."


Manasa Krishnan (Graphic Design, National Institue of Design, South Asia)
"It is indeed a great honour to be associated with a community that strives to empower women in the creative domain. I feel greatly inspired and enthused to enrich my skills by integrating the power of visuals with the global reach of advertising.”


Tarika Jain (Master’s of Integrated Innovation in Products and Services, Carnegie Mellon University, North America)
“I am honored to have received the HLR Scholarship and become a part of Wunderman Thompson, a leading creative global community. As a product designer, I would like to explore the integration of digital and physical user interfaces with sustainable artificial intelligence to narrate truly engaging stories.”