Announcing Uniquely U

Calling all visual artists, performing artists, creative writers, and Nature & Sustainability enthusiasts!

  • Do you live in NYC or Long Island?
  • Are you anywhere from 7 to 18 years old?
  • Are you in grades 2nd-12th?

We are kicking off the third year of our annual scholarship search — Uniquely U — and we want YOU to apply. Uniquely U is a celebration of creativity and self-expression. Show us what makes you U, and you could be selected to receive a full seven week scholarship to Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts for the Summer 2020 season (June 29 to August 14).

Starting on January 14, 2020, we’ll be accepting submissions in the following categories:

  • Usdan pink art logo

    Visual Art

  • Usdan Black Music logo

    Instrumental/Vocal Music

  • Usdan pink dance logo


  • Usdan yellow pencil logo

    Creative Writing

  • Usdan Blue Theater Logo


  • Nature & Sustainability

How do I apply?

  1. Fill out the entry form.
  2. All applicants must submit a video stating your name and age and that answers the following question: "What Makes You Uniquely U?". Videos can be up to but no longer than 5 minutes.
    1. Music, Theater, and Dance applicants must also include examples of their work as part of the same (up to) 5 minute video.
    2. Visual art submissions may be no more than 5 images from their portfolio.
    3. Writing submissions must not exceed 2,500 words.
    4. Nature & Sustainability submissions can be a video, photo(s), artwork, and/or written work about the student’s work with and connection to nature and sustainability.


Submit your application by February 17, 2020 at 11:59 pm ET. Unfortunately, incomplete entries can not be considered. A panel of assessors will review all entries.


The Uniquely U scholarship recipients will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Passion (a unique ability to communicate your love of the art)
  • Creativity (a uniquely individual approach and style to your work with a high level of impact on the audience)


The school/institution yielding the most “Uniquely U” applications will receive the School Scholarship, giving them the opportunity to choose a student to attend Usdan for seven weeks this summer -- full tuition paid.

Mark your Calendars

  • January 14: Program kicks off
  • February 17: Submission period ends
  • April 1: Usdan notifies Uniquely U scholarship recipients
  • April 15: Usdan announces recipients via media, website, and social media