Due Friday, February 5, 2021 no later than 5:00 p.m.


Russell C. Lissuzzo was a long time resident of the Village of Oak Park.  Russ was a well-known architect, a jazz musician and as he used to say, a “drawer”.  When he passed away in the fall of 2007, his family established funds to honor him through a scholarship program.  The Oak Park Area Arts Council will award one $1,000 scholarship to a graduating senior who is a resident of the tri-village area (Oak Park, Forest Park and River Forest) and is going onto major in architecture, architectural engineering, jazz studies, jazz composition or a related music major. 




Because we believe art is intrinsic to the quality of life in our communities, the Oak Park Area Arts Council celebrates supports and promotes artists and arts organizations in Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park.  By raising funds for the arts, and advocating for policies that promote the arts, we enhance the social, economic, and cultural foundations of our communities.



Yves Hughes, Jr., President
William Wallace, Treasurer
Sarita Smith Childs
Meghan Eagan
Tammie Grossman
Takara Beathea Gudell
John Mayes, Chair of Scholarship Committee
Paul Neumann
Bill Sullivan                                        



Camille Wilson White, Executive Director

(708) 358.5692, camillew2@OakParkAreaArtsCouncil.org



Oak Park Area Arts Council

2021 Russell C. Lissuzzo Scholarship

DEADLINE: Friday, February 5, 2021, 5:00 pm


Criteria used for selecting the recipients of

The 2021 Russell C. Lissuzzo Scholarship


The Board of Directors of the Oak Park Area Arts Council is inviting any graduating senior, who is a resident of Oak Park, Forest Park or River Forest and will major in architecture in college, to apply for its’ Russell C. Lissuzzo scholarship.  One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded based upon merit.  Scholarship finalists will be asked to submit to a 10-minute interview prior to the actual awarding of the scholarship at a time and place to be announced.  The scholarship recipient will be chosen based upon the quality of their application and interview.


The scholarship will be directly submitted to the winner’s college or university and will be applied toward the winner’s freshman year tuition.  The winner will be expected to write a short letter to the Oak Park Area Arts Council at the end of their freshman year describing how the scholarship benefited them during that year.


Be sure to include photos (no more than 5 photos), CDs, DVDs, video, audiotape, etc. of your work with your application.  Please label all materials, they will be returned to you.


Please attach a copy of your unofficial transcript with this application.

(Be sure to make your request early, counselors are very busy this time of the year.)


Please note: Children of staff or members of the Board of Directors of OPAAC are not eligible for the scholarship.


Please contact OPAAC Executive Director, Camille Wilson White (708.358.5692 or 5690), if you have any questions.

Fill out the application.