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Scholarships & Reduced Cost

At Guided Passages, we are committed to making our services accessible to all young people who feel called to participate in one of our offerings regardless of their family’s financial circumstances. Because of this, we offer tuition assistance for those who would like to attend but would find cost to be a barrier. If you want to participate in one of our programs, we want you here, so please apply for our scholarship fund! Applications for tuition assistance are available once you register for a program.
  • To get started, click on the “Register Now” button for the program you would like to register for.
  • Complete the registration form, and click proceed to payment. At that point, pause before submitting payment.
  • Come back to this page, and click the scholarship application button below.
  • Fill out the application and submit. Once we have reviewed your application, we will follow up with you.

We do our best to say yes to everyone, so please only ask for what you really need.
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Kerrick Gooden


Kerrick was raised in the Hill Country of Austin, Texas where he studied at the University of Texas. After some travel, he moved to the Rogue Valley of Oregon with a vision to farm and support youth. He completed his Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Cultural Anthropology with Honors in 2004 at Southern Oregon University, and devoted over a decade supporting youth and their families navigate  local and state social service programs. During this time, he and his partner cultivated a food forest at their home and founded Verdant Phoenix as an educational mini-farm in 2016.

Verdant Phoenix Farm became an expression of a way of life for Kerrick. He is interested in the relationships between humans, soil, microbes, plants/trees/shrubs, food, culture, time, and the web of life. As these elements inform his horticultural practice, Kerrick enjoys supporting landscapes, gardens, farms, and their people who are interested in belonging to the land.