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




Cafeteria Visits:


 Listing of Colleges/Military visiting RCHS: (all visits will take place during lunchtime unless otherwise stated):

Tuesday, October 17th~ U.S. ARMY

Wednesday, October 18th~ JOLIET JUNIOR COLLEGE- hosting their annual college fair at JJC Campus- over 150 colleges & universities will be there!


Friday, October 20th~ BLACKBURN COLLEGE

Monday, October 30th~ ILLINOIS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY will be here for a visit during  COMET TIME

Wednesday, November 1st~ U.S. AIR FORCE



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:


Joliet Junior College will once again be hosting their annual college fair. This event is the largest college fair in our area!  Over 150 colleges and universities are represented at this event. Students of all grade levels are encouraged to attend. Check out the flyer below for more info!


2017 jjc college fair

SAVE THE DATE! FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOP ~ Thursday, October 26th 6-8pm RCHS Counselors along with ISACorps will present a FAFSA completion workshop. If you are planning to file for FINANCIAL AID for college- you can complete your application on this night. See the flyer for specifics:

Financial Aid Workshop 2017

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


If you miss 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.


DISCOVER JJC~ Saturday, November 4th 9am-12pm Sign up to attend today!






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.

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.
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.

COCA-COLA SCHOLARS~ offers achievement base scholarships to deserving students. 150 high school seniors are selected each year to receive a $20,000 scholarship. For more information, and to apply, please visit: Deadline for submission: October 31, 2017.

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.

Wendy’s Heisman Scholarship Program ~ is now accepting applications. Current qualifying JUNIORS are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, participate in athletics and have demonstrated community involvement/leadership. For more information, and to apply, please visit: Deadline for Phase 1 of the application process: October 2, 2017.

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

The Scholarship Programs below are accepting applications from students between October 1st, 2017 and November 30th, 2017.  Please read the application instructions on the website carefully before applying.

  1. Sleeping Organic Sustainability Scholarship – October 1, 2017 (1 Award – $1,200)

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  1. Parking Solutions Scholarship – October 15, 2017 (1 Award – $1,000)

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  1. Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway – October 18, 2017 (20 Awards – $100,000)

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  1. StyleMann Young Professionals Scholarship – November 30, 2017 (1 Award – $1,800)

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  1. VIP Scholarship – September 30, 2017 (1 Award – $5,000)

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  1. SP Scholarship – September 30, 2017 (10 Awards – $10,000)

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  1. YDI Scholarship – September 29, 2017 (1 Award – $1,000)

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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

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 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: