Advertising Club of Richmond Scholarships

Currently the Club offers two scholarships to qualifying students, the Harry Jacobs Scholarship and the Barbara Fultz Women in Advertising Scholarship.

Harry Jacobs Scholarship

The Harry Jacobs Scholarship, jointly presented by the Ad Club and the Martin Agency, recognizes extraordinary creative talent and is awarded annually to an outstanding student at VCU’s Brandcenter. The scholarship aids that student’s development and supports the Brandcenter’s mission of excellence in advertising education.

Barbara Fultz Women in Advertising Scholarship

The Barbara Fultz Women In Advertising Scholarship was founded in 2014 by Elevation and the Richmond Ad Club to honor the career and contributions of Barbara Fultz, longtime owner of Fultz + Associates and former Advertising Person Of The Year who was a pioneer for women in the Richmond advertising community. The $2,500 scholarship is awarded annually to one undergraduate woman who plans a career in advertising, either in creative, account management or production. It is presented at the Richmond Ad Club’s annual awards celebration, The Richmond Show.

The Barbara Fultz Women in Advertising Scholarship is open to women who have declared their major in the Virginia Commonwealth University Robertson School of Media and Culture Advertising Sequence (whether Strategic or Creative) and who are rising seniors who have a grade point average of at least 3.2. Applications for fall semester 2017 will be accepted from January 1, 2017 – February 28, 2017.

To apply, email the required information (listed below) to scholarship@richmondadclub.com.

  • Name, phone and email address
  • Major/Minor
  • Major GPA and Cumulative GPA
  • Tell us about yourself, your extracurricular activities/volunteer/community service and/or leadership roles.
  • Write an essay, 250 words, one page, double spaced answering… Where do you see yourself in 5 years?


Previous Scholarship Recipients

2017 Harry Jacobs Scholarship

Cole Hammack


Cole is a Master’s candidate at the VCU Brandcenter. A creative brand strategist with a passion for storytelling and positive social impact, Cole is a self-described “energetic, goofy, adventure-loving North Carolinian, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and recovered(ing) Hollywood assistant currently studying strategy at the VCU Brandcenter.”


2017 Barbara Fultz Women in Advertising Scholarship

Kayleigh Crandell

barbara-fultz-women-in-advertising-winner-kayleigh-crandellKayleigh is rising senior at VCU and has began establishing her career in advertising by being the communications manager for Podium, a local nonprofit that provides writing workshops & academic opportunities for Richmond city teens. She loves working with branding, social media, and community outreach. She has an eye for dynamic design and hopes to work with multicultural groups, inspiring social change by creating impactful concepts that are driven by the considerations of user experience in every environment.


2016 Harry Jacobs Scholarship

Katie Kullinan

katie-cullinan-harry-jacobs-scholarship-winnerI’m from Long Island and first came to Virginia to study architecture at UVA. After that I stayed in Charlottesville working at a design-build environmental graphics firm and then moved to DC to work at a small PR agency where I worked in web and graphic design. Now, I’m a first year experience design student at the Brandcenter where I try to create immersive and beautiful communication and experiences for people that are engaging and solve a problem. I also do a lot of arts and crafts.

2016 Barbara Fultz Women in Advertising Scholarship

Sarah Kilmon

barbara-fultz-women-in-advertising-winner-sarah-kilmonSarah knew from the first time she had to pitch a campaign that the advertising industry was the place for her. She is drawn by the exhilarating chance to defend ideas and make a real difference for a brand, despite the long hours and moments of frustration when coming up with great concepts. She is currently a senior, double majoring in Strategic and Creative Advertising at Virginia Commonwealth University. In her free time, she loves to design and cook delicious dinners. In her last year at VCU, she will work closely with alumni and Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow to bring networking and professional events to students on campus. She hopes to be to bridge the gap between being a student and joining the “real world”. She will also be working diligently on her own professional development, seeking out her personal design style and creative process, and taking on internships to find true experiences.

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