Helen Lansdowne Resor Scholarship

The international Helen Lansdowne Resor (HLR) Scholarship supports and promotes talented female creative advertising students from around the world in honor of the industry’s first female copywriter, Helen Lansdowne Resor. The program will run through 2020.

Dating back to the early 1900s, Helen was an industry pioneer, credited with sparking celebrity testimonial campaigns with her use of endorsements from socialites, European royalty, and actresses in her work for Pond’s Cold Cream. Helen Lansdowne Resor’s creative capacity helped to push the barriers and shatter traditional formulas of advertising.

Helen was a working mother and ardent feminist who championed the advancement of women’s rights both inside and outside of the agency. During her tenure, J. Walter Thompson was known as the “Women’s Agency,” where bright young talented females were given opportunities that had been traditionally offered exclusively to men.

Each year, the HLR Scholarship seeks to award five female creative students scholarships up to $10,000. In addition, each recipient will receive a paid summer internship at a J. Walter Thompson office in her respective region, an offer of a J. Walter Thompson mentor and “first look” placement consideration upon graduation.

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APPLICATION information

Applications due by May 15, 2016


  • Be female

  • Be registered as a student at least 18 months from graduation at one of the designated HLR participating undergraduate and/or portfolio schools. For a complete list of eligible schools please click HERE.

  • Show creative talent and promise

  • Maintain satisfactory academic and creative progress as determined by one’s school. If the scholarship recipient leaves the school by transferring* or not completing the program, the scholarship will be revoked.

*If the recipient transfers to another approved school, the committee will retain the option to review, however in these transfer cases the scholarship will most likely transfer with the student.

For a list of frequently asked questions please click HERE.

Contact hlrscholarship@jwt.com with any questions. 




Anagha Anand, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad
Nadia Izazi, Pratt Institute, USA
Lilli Ridder, Miami Ad School, Germany
Rawan Obaid, American University of Sharjah, UAE
Natalia Romero, Escuela de Artes Y Letras, Columbia