Summer Programs



The Irish American Society of Will County is offering a scholarship opportunity for a partial scholarship to attend the Irish life Experience program during summer 2018. The Irish Life Experience is a program of studies and travel in Ireland for high school students. It is approximately 3 and ½ weeks long. This scholarship opportunity would cover partial program costs for the chosen applicant. If you are interested in finding out more about the program please see Ms. Barber in Guidance asap or visit the website: For specific information about the partial scholarship, please visit:  Deadline to apply for partial scholarship: March 12, 2018.




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.

American Italian Cultural Society (AICS) ~ is sponsoring a $1,500 renewable scholarship. This scholarship is based on academic excellence, promotion of Italian culture & financial need. For more information and to apply, please see the application packet linked below: Deadline for submission: May 31, 2018. American Italian Cultural Society Scholarship

Great Clips~ offers scholarships for students planning to pursue a career in Cosmetology. For more information, and to apply, please visit: Deadline for submission: March 31,  2018.

Triple-Impact Competitor~ offers scholarship opportunities for high school JUNIOR student athletes. For more information, and to apply, please visit: Deadline for submission: May 31, 2018.

Will County Lodging Association~ is sponsoring a $1,500 scholarship to a Will County resident who plans to attend an accredited college or university in Illinois and pursue a degree in Hospitality Management, Lodging Management or Tourism Management. For more information, and to apply, please see the application below: Deadline for submission: June 1, 2018. wcla_scholarship_application_2018

Illinois Sheriff’s Association~ announces their scholarship program. Each county in Illinois awards a $500 to $1000 scholarship for a student who demonstrates outstanding scholastic, extra-curricular and character qualifications. For more information, and to apply- please visit: and click on ‘scholarship’ at the top. Deadline for submission: March 15, 2018.

Zonta Club of Joliet~ is sponsoring a scholarship opportunity for a qualified female applicant who has demonstrated leadership, volunteerism and/or community involvement. Please see the application below. Deadline for submission: February 16, 2018. YWPA2018Application w Joliet

Palumbo Family Foundation~ announces their 2018 scholarship program. Will County high school seniors with a GPA of 3.0 and higher who demonstrate financial need are encouraged to apply. For more information, and to apply, please visit: Deadline for submission: March 31, 2018.

Kathryn Hansen Secretariat Foundation~offers a $500 scholarship. Applicants must be planning to attend a college or university in the State of Illinois. Qualified applicants should be planning to pursue studies in a business-related field. For more information, and to apply, please visit: Deadline for submission: March 5, 2018.

Will County Community Services Council~ is once again offering (two) $500 scholarships to high school seniors in the Will County Area. Qualified applicants must be residents of Will County and be planning to attend a college or university in Fall 2018 and be able to provide evidence of community service involvement.  For more information, and to apply- please complete the application below: Deadline for submission: March 19, 2018.

community services scholarship

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.

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


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.

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.


Strategies for Success


Being a young adult can sometimes feel overwhelming. The expectations are higher now and sometimes it is difficult to juggle responsibilities. For a few simple tips on how to begin the process and develop a plan for success,  check out the article below on Adulting 101:



Are you afraid of public speaking? Do you dread classroom presentations in front of your peers? Welcome to the club! You are in great company! Almost everyone feels the same way! For some helpful ideas of how to cope and ways to give presentations like a pro, check out the article & short videos below:


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):


U.S. Army- Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Blackburn College- Tuesday, March 6, 2018

University of St. Francis- Thursday, March 15th, 2018

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.