Cool Career of the Month





The Growing Demand for Certified Drone Operators 

Good Morning America recently featured a story on how drones are becoming the preferred tool for emergency management and first responders in situations such as the recent hurricanes and other emergencies. With new FAA regulations in place, drones are no longer a considered a “toy” but are now becoming utilized across many industries.

The Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International are projecting that the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry will create 70,000 jobs in the United States over the next 3 years. Lewis is one of the few universities in the country that offers a bachelor degree in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).

Students who are technically oriented might want to consider the growing opportunities in this new billion-dollar industry.

To view the Good Morning America segment click here.

If you like, more information on the UAS program at Lewis University click here.

Raymond R. Kennelly

Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management, Marketing and Planning




Transcript Request


If you are a former RCHS student or graduate and require an official transcript or verification of education from Reed-Custer High School, you may do so by completing the form below. Completed forms may be dropped off at RCHS main office, or faxed to 815-458-4033. Transcript requests cannot be processed without a stated graduation year or dates of attendance. All requests are processed once weekly on Fridays.


Coming Soon:


Coming Events:

If you missed the FAFSA workshop at RCHS, but would still like assistance in completing your FAFSA, JJC also hosts several workshops. You do not need to be planning to attend JJC in order to attend a workshop.


Don’t forget- you will need to create your FSA ID before this workshop! See below for the step by step process:



JJC Nursing Program Information Session

Are you considering a career in Nursing? Is JJC on your radar? If so, please plan to attend an information session at JJC on Monday, December 4th from 4-5pm. Learn important information abut the nursing program and entrance criteria. This event will be held at the Main Campus U-Building- Auditorium 1024.






Below are  listings of some scholarship opportunities. Please check back to this site frequently as we will add more scholarships to this list as they become available.  Newest scholarships will always be posted at the top of the section below, directly below the “Discover Colleges” scholarship link..


Honors, Presidential, Chancellor, etc. scholarships offered by individual institutions are generally available to those who rank in the upper level of the graduating class, have accumulated a respectable GPA, and/or have earned a high SAT or ACT score. Contact the institution to which you are applying or check the school’s website for specific information regarding such scholarships.– to gain information on private colleges and register for a scholarship drawing for $2500.

IACAC (Illinois Association for College Admission Counselors)~ is once again offering a scholarship opportunity for high school seniors. Ten ($1,000) scholarships will be awarded.  Applicants should exhibit a commitment to learning and have demonstrated involvement in their schools, the community, and/or service to others, with a motivation to achieve personal goals. Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 is also required. For more information, and to apply, please visit:  Deadline for submission: January 31, 2018.

Illinois Odd Fellow-Rebekah Lodge~ is pleased to once again offer a scholarship opportunity for deserving students. Ten $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. Scholarships are awarded based on need, scholastic standing and ability. For more details, and to apply, please visit: Deadline for submission: February 28, 2018.

AXA Achievement Scholarship~ The AXA Achievement Scholarship offers college scholarships of $2,500, $10,000 and $25,000 to high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their activities in school, the community or the workplace. Plus, a $1,000 grant will be made to every scholarship winner’s school. Applicants should demonstrate ambition and self-drive with outstanding achievement in school, community or work-related activities. They share these qualities: ambition & drive, determination to set & reach goals, respect for self, family & community, ability to succeed in college. For more information, and to apply, please visit: Deadline for submission: December 15, 2017.

Illinois Chemical Education Foundation~ is offering $2,000 scholarships. This scholarship opportunity is open to all future chemists, chemical engineers, environmental engineers or high school chemistry teachers. Qualified applicants should demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, extracurricular & community involvement. For more information and to apply, please see the application information below. Deadline for submission: Friday, February 23, 2018.

ICEF Scholarship

Will-South Cook Soil & Water Conservation District~ is sponsoring 2 scholarship opportunities. Applicants should be planning to study/major in a natural resource field such as fish/wildlife biology, conservation management, air quality, botany, ecology, forestry, horticulture or other natural resources. For more information about each of these scholarship offerings, please see the applications below, or visit the website at:  Deadlines for submission: February 1, and February 15, 2018.

Will-South Cook Conservation Scholarship ($1, 000 award)

Will-SoCook Conservation

Leopold Education Project Scholarship (amounts up to $1,000)

Leopold Education Scholarship


ACT Student Champions ~is a $500 non-renewable scholarship. Graduating seniors from the Class of 2018 who fit the following criteria are encouraged to apply:

  • A student who has overcome challenges and can articulate education and career actions
  • Students must have a composite ACT score of a 22 on a single test date or a 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale
  • Preference will be given to underrepresented and/or first-generation college students.

Applications can be found at Applications are due December 31, 2017, and champions will be notified on or before April 2, 2018. If applicants are under the age of 18, they must complete this form in addition to the application.

GOLDEN APPLE SCHOLARS OF ILLINOIS~  Are you a senior who is aspiring to become a teacher? Golden Apple Scholars is now recruiting aspiring teachers for Illinois schools-of-need. Scholars are provided with extensive teaching experience and advanced preparation to supplement their college curriculum, academic support throughout their preparation in college, college tuition-assistance, and mentoring during their first years of teaching. For more information about the Golden Apple Program and to apply, please visit: Deadline for submission: February 15, 2018.

PARAMOUNT TALL CLUB CHICAGO~awards one $750 scholarship to a graduating high school senior who lives in the Chicagoland area and meets the height requirements of the club, 5’10” for females and 6’2” for males. The PTC scholarship is to be used toward tuition expenses and will be paid directly to the college or university that the recipient will attend. Applicants will be considered based on:

  • Academic achievement
  • School activities
  • Volunteer work
  • Personal achievement
  • Chicagoland area student

For more information, and to apply, please visit:  Deadline for submission: February 12, 2018.

BURGER KING SCHOLARS~ This scholarship opportunity is open to high school seniors who are employed by Burger King, or have a parent employed by the Burger King Corporation. Applicants should have a GPA of 2.5 or higher and demonstrate school or community involvement. For more information, and to apply, please visit: WWW.BK-SCHOLARS.COM Deadline for submission: December 15, 2017.
JOHN F. KENNEDY PROFILE IN COURAGE ESSAY CONTEST- is open to all grade levels.  The Profile in Courage Essay Contest challenges students to write an original and creative 700 to 1,000 word essay that demonstrates an understanding of political courage. For more information about topic, requirements and how to apply, please visit: Deadline for submission: January 4, 2018.

TEACH OUTDOORS~ is sponsoring a $500 scholarship. Applicants will write an essay about a memorable outdoor experience, should have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and plan to major in any of the following areas in college: Education, Conservation, Parks & Recreation, Agriculture, Environmental Studies, Criminal Justice, Fire Protection, Nursing, Special Education, Teaching, or other degrees related to the above listed qualifying majors. Please see the application below for more information. Deadline for submission: January 26, 2018.

Teach outdoors 2017-18

Elks National Foundation~ sponsors ” Most Valuable Student Scholarships” awarding over $2.44 million annually to 500 high school seniors nationwide. Any high school senior who is a U.S. citizen is eligible to apply. Applications will be judged on: scholarship, leadership & financial need. Applications are now available online at: Deadline for submission: November 27, 2017.

Here are a few listings from the website: simply click the link below each scholarship for information and to apply.

  1. Stokes Educational Scholarship – October 31, 2017 (1 Award – $30,000) click here
  2. Griswold Home Care Scholarship – November 30, 2017 (2 Awards – $1,000)click here
  3. Lamber-Goodnow Scholarships – December 1, 2017 (8 Awards – $1,000)click here
  4.  Thiel Fellowship – December 31, 2017 (30 Awards – $100,000)click here

Scholarship of the Day: for a different scholarship listing every day, be sure to check out , click on the social media icons and follow one or more of their social media accounts.

Career Scholarship Opportunity~ are you interested in pursuing a career in one of Will County’s most in demand careers? If so you may be eligible for a scholarship. For a list of careers as well as scholarship information, please review the information below.

MyCareer Scholarship

Walmart Scholarships- Walmart offers scholarships for employees as well as for students who have a parent employed by the corporation. Please visit: for application and more details. Deadlines vary.– to gain information on the various scholarships offered through the American Legion.

Joliet Junior College offers over 400 scholarships for both full and part time students. Scholarships may be re-posted so check website frequently. Applications and information are available at: Applications will be available after December 1, 2017. Priority deadline for submission: April 1, 2018.

Kankakee Community College offers many scholarships for both full and part-time students. Applications and information is available at: Applications for the 2018-19 school year will be available after November 1, 2017. Deadline for submission: March 1, 2018.


Financial Aid

financial aid

 Financial Aid Information:

In order to apply for Financial Aid for college, you will need to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Starting with fall 0f 2016, the timelines for FAFSA have changed. The FAFSA filing process will open up on October 1, 2017. If you plan to file FAFSA, we recommend that you do this as early as possible!

There is much information available about this process, we have provided some links to assist you with this process.


What is a FSA ID?

If you are planning to file a FAFSA, you must have a FSA ID. Be sure to have this FSA ID before you plan to attend any FAFSA completion workshop. See the link below for more information.

How to Create an FSA ID:


FAFSA Website:

The website below is an excellent resource, filled with many videos & information sheets about financial aid. Some of the highlights are shown in the links below.

If you would like assistance in filing FAFSA, there are opportunities available to you. RCHS will be hosting a FAFSA Completion Workshop on October 26th 6-7:30pm. See the flyer below for specifics. If you miss this date- more workshops will be available at Joliet Junior College- for dates/times please see the second flyer below:

Financial Aid Workshop 2017



Overview of the Financial Aid Process:

Types of Financial Aid: