Wunderman Thompson announced on November 16 that it has opened applications for the 2023 Helen Lansdowne Resor Scholarship in partnership with the 4A’s Foundation.
Named after Helen Lansdowne Resor, the industry and Wunderman Thompson’s first female copywriter, the global scholarship provides female and non-binary students opportunities and support needed to successfully join the advertising industry’s creative ranks.
The global scholarship will award four recipients $10,000 towards their creative journey, plus a paid internship at a VML office in their respective region (WPP announced in October the merger of Wunderman Thompson and VMLY&R to create VML, effective 2024). Winners will also be assigned a mentor from the business and a ‘first look’ placement consideration upon graduation.
Applications were open on November 13, 2023 and close January 5, 2024. The scholarship is open to all female and non-binary individuals currently studying in a creative field, who are registered as an undergraduate, graduate, and/or portfolio school. Winners will be announced in March 2024.
Ezinne Okoro, Global Chief Inclusion, Equity and Diversity Officer, Wunderman Thompson, said, “Helen Lansdowne Resor was an unparalleled creative force during her time and her legacy is an impressive feat many of us can only aspire to. It’s been both a pleasure and a privilege to watch last year’s scholarship recipients take their creative bravery to the next level, and we’re delighted to open up the scholarship in Helen’s honour once again, to actively help shape the next generation of leadership and create a more diverse, equitable, and truly inclusive future for our industry.”
Daniel Bonner and Bas Korsten, Global Chief Creative Officers, Wunderman Thompson, added: “During her time, Helen Lansdowne Resor blazed a trail as one of the industry’s pioneers and first female creatives. This scholarship in her honour is a wonderful opportunity for upcoming female and non-binary students to experience life at the world’s largest creative company and learn from some of the best creative talent the industry has to offer, and we look forward to welcoming them into the fold in the new year.”
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