Submissions are now closed for the 2019 season. If you would like to be notiified about Uniquely U in 2020, please fill out the form below.

Calling all NYC, Southern Westchester, and Long Island visual artists, performing artists, and creative writers, ages 7 through 18, and in grades 2 through 12. We are kicking off the second 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 2019 season (July 1 through August 16).

We're accepting submissions in the following categories:

Visual Art

Instrumental & Vocal Music


Creative Writing


Entry video (including any performance and introduction of applicant) should be 5 minutes or less. Writing must not exceed 5,000 words. Visual art submissions may be no more than 5 images in total. Each submission should be the work of an individual artist. No duets or ensemble work accepted.
The full list of rules and restrictions can be found here.


Fill out the form. Writers and Visual Art applicants, please upload examples of your work. All applicants must include a video stating your name, age and answering the following question. "What Makes You Uniquely U?". Music, Theater, and Dance applicants should include examples of their work in the video. Videos can be up to but no longer than 5 minutes.

DEADLINE - Submit your application by March 3, 2019 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)


Schools, help us find your most unique students! The school that has the most Uniquely U applicants will get its own scholarship to Usdan to award to the student of their choice.

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  • January 7: Program kicks off
  • March 3: Submission period ends
  • April 1: Usdan notifies Uniquely U scholarship recipients
  • April 15: Usdan announces recipients via media, website, and social media