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).

We’re 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 March 1, 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
  • March 1: Submission period ends
  • April 1: Usdan notifies Uniquely U scholarship recipients
  • April 15: Usdan announces recipients via media, website, and social media