An agreement signed on March 8th, 2008 by representatives of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI, Philippine Province) and Together-Ensemble brought into being the Fr. Yves Caroff Scholarship, whose aim is to “establish and nurture friendly ties between the French and the Filipinos” as well as to “develop links between French and Filipinos involved in rural development.”
The Scholarship embodies the vision of Yves Caroff who saw potential in grassroot agricultural development as an alternative to the tumultuous waves of urban migration. By helping farmers to live off the land, through competent education and proper technology, Caroff hoped to allay the frustrations of rural living that drive more and more people to the cities.
Hence, eligibility for the Scholarship requires applicants to come from agriculture-related fields and especially from the regions of Mindanao, Philippines and Bretagne, France. The agreement provided for Filipino scholars to visit France on even-numbered years and for French scholars to visit the Philippines on odd-numbered years, covering the period from 2007 to 2017.
Exchange students spend their time in the farm conducting usual daily rounds which includes tending the cattle, working in the fields, processing and selling produce and conducting field studies. Filipinos scholars also get the privilege of learning French at the Philippine’s top French school, Alliance Française de Manille, prior to the start of their program. On the other hand, some French scholars take a few classes at the University of Southern Mindanao during their stay at Oblates Galilee Farm.
List of Scholars:
2008 – Marilou Baculna (Philippines)
2009 – Melanie Blineau (France)
2010 – Bro. Joe Aduana (Philippines)
2011 – Alexander Milloch (France)
2012 – Ray Magollado (Philippines)
2013 – Cindy Corre (France)
2014 – Rafy Aduana (Philippines)
2015 – Anais Vallade (France)
2016 – Reynante Manapas (Philippines)
2017 – Postponed to 2018 due to security purposes.