Entry of a submission into the Uniquely U Scholarship program constitutes your acceptance of these official submission rules. No purchase is necessary to enter and any purchase will not increase chances of winning.

Can I Enter?

We welcome submissions from visual artists, performing artists, creative writers, and nature & sustainability enthusiasts. Each submission should be the original work of an individual artist and must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person and must not violate any law. No duets or ensemble work accepted.

Categories are:

  • Visual Art
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Theater
  • Creative Writing
  • Nature & Sustainability

All performers must be between 7 and 18, in 2nd through 12th grade, and must submit a permission form signed by a parent or legal guardian. Applicants may not perform, teach, compose, or create art professionally in the category in which they apply. Artists who are professionally represented (under management) are not eligible to compete in the category for which they are represented, nor are employees of Usdan, their immediate family members, or anyone living in their same household. Applicants must live in New York City, or on Long Island at the time of submission and may need to provide proof of residency upon request. All decisions of eligibility by Usdan are at Usdan's sole and absolute discretion, and are final.


All submissions must include a video telling us your name, age, and answering the question "What makes you uniquely you?" Video submissions must not exceed 5 minutes in length, including the video portion required to answer the question.

This year, Uniquely U applicants can choose to share with us one or multiple art forms. For example, a dancer who also creates visual art could choose to share an excerpt of them dancing in addition to submitting visual art entries from their portfolio. On their entry form, applicants are asked to tell us at least one and up to three Usdan Departments in which they would like to Major this summer. Should they receive a scholarship and enroll, they will be asked to Major in at least one of these Departments for at least two weeks during their eight weeks at camp.

Instrumental and vocal musicians, theater performers, and dancers can combine their video answer with their performance section, but the entire video must be no longer than 5 minutes. Visual artists must submit up to (5) images from their recent portfolio. Creative writers must submit up to two pieces of no more than 2,500 words. Nature & Sustainability submissions can be a video, photo(s), artwork, and/or written work about the student’s work with and connection to sustainability and nature. Online submissions will be accepted from March 29, 2021 until April 25, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET. Incomplete entries, entries not timely submitted, or not otherwise in compliance with these official submission rules will not be considered. Usdan reserves the right to determine at its discretion whether any entry does not meet with the requirements of these submission rules and should therefore not be considered or should be disqualified for any other reason.


The Scholarship recipients of the Usdan Uniquely U Scholarship will receive an award worth an estimated $8,150: An eight-week scholarship to Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts, including daily transportation. Scholarship recipients will be able to choose Major(s) in the Department(s) of their choice.


The week of May 17, 2021, Usdan will announce a minimum of three full scholarship recipients and up to ten recipients total. Full scholarship recipients will be notified in advance. If for any reason there is an insufficient number of qualified submissions or if Usdan determines, in its sole and absolute discretion, that no or too few submissions meet the judging standards to win, Usdan reserves the right to not award any scholarships or award fewer scholarships. Winners must be available to attend camp from June 28, 2021 through August 20, 2021. If a selected winner does not confirm availability and participation by May 31, 2021, a replacement recipient may be chosen.

The Usdan team, with a panel of assessors, retain ultimate discretion in choosing scholarship recipients. Entrants agree that Usdan has the sole right to decide all matters and disputes arising from this scholarship program, and that all decisions of Usdan (including with respect to recipients) are final and binding.


A team of Usdan staff and a panel of judges will view and adjudicate all submissions. Artists 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)


  • Each applicant's video submission must not exceed 5 minutes in length in total.
  • All video entries must include applicant’s name, age, and answering the question "What makes you uniquely you?".
  • Writing submissions must not exceed 2,500 words.
  • Visual art submissions may be no more than 5 images from their portfolio.
  • Nature & Sustainability submissions can be a video, photo(s), drawing(s), and/or written work about the student’s work with and connection to sustainability and nature.

All entrants are solely responsible for all expenses, costs, or fees associated with creating and entering their submissions.


All online entries must be received by 11:59 pm ET on April 25, 2021. Any submissions received after that time will not be considered.


The Scholarship recipients of the Usdan Uniquely U Scholarship will receive an award worth an estimated $8,150: An eight-week scholarship to Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts, including daily transportation.


By submitting to Usdan's Uniquely U Scholarship, participants agree to these official rules, and that Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts, its agents and employees will have no liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind resulting from their use or participation in the call for performances for this program. Prize is non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash. There can be no substitutions for a prize of equal or greater value. Copyright for the entries will remain solely with the artists, and no assignment of copyright shall be implied by virtue of making a submission; however, by entering this call for art and the program you are giving Usdan irrevocable permission to use your entry online and in promotional materials. Each entrant grants irrevocable permission to Usdan and those acting under its authority to use his/her name, photograph, voice and/or likeness, for advertising and/or publicity purposes, as well as all submissions and performances in any and all media now known or hereinafter invented without territorial or time limitations and without compensation.

Usdan is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, damaged, stolen, altered, garbled, incorrect, incomplete or delayed submissions; all of which will be void. Usdan is not responsible for problems related to technical malfunctions of electronic equipment, computer online systems, servers, or providers, computer hardware or software failures, phone lines, failure of any submission to be received by Usdan on account of technical problems, traffic, congestion on the Internet or the website, or for any other technical problems including telecommunication, miscommunication or failure, and failed, lost, delayed, incomplete, garbled, or misdirected communications which may limit an entrant's ability to participate in this program. Usdan is not responsible for any other errors or malfunctions of any kind, whether network, printing, typographical, human or otherwise relating to or in connection with this Program, including, without limitation, errors or malfunctions which may occur in connection with the administration of the Program, the processing or judging of submissions, the announcement of the winners or in any Program-related materials. Mass entries generated by a script, macro or use of automated devices will be disqualified.

Usdan reserves the right to modify, suspend or terminate this Program in the event it becomes infected by a computer virus or is otherwise technically impaired, and to cancel or suspend this Program in its entirety should tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or other causes corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper play of the Program and, if terminated, at Usdan's discretion, determine the winner(s) using all non-suspect, eligible entries received up to the time of cancellation using the judging procedure outlined above. In the event of a dispute regarding entries received from multiple users having the same email account, the authorized subscriber of the email account at the time of entry will be deemed to be the contestant and must comply with these official rules. Usdan reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual (and void their submissions) if Usdan finds the entrant is tampering with the entry process or the operation of this Program, or otherwise acting in violation of these official rules.


Restrictions may apply. By participating in Usdan's Uniquely U Program, a participant agrees to be bound by these official rules, and by all decisions of Usdan staff and contest judges.


Except where prohibited by law, as a condition of participating in this Program, entrant agrees that (1) any and all disputes and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Program, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action lawsuit, and exclusively by final and binding arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association and held at the AAA regional office nearest to Usdan; (2) the Federal Arbitration Act shall govern the interpretation, enforcement and all proceedings at such arbitration; and (3) judgment upon such arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. Under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys' fees, and entrant (or, if an eligible minor, his/her parent or legal guardian) further waives all rights to have any damages multiplied or increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these official rules, or the rights and obligations of entrants and Usdan in connection with this Program, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the substantive laws of the State of New York, USA without regard to New York choice of law rules.


Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts, 185 Colonial Springs Road, Wheatley Heights, NY 11798, Tel: (631) 643-7900.