Fourth Annual Emmanuel “Manny” Caulk Jr. Memorial Scholarship Awarded

LEXINGTON – April 30, 2024  The Fayette Education Foundation is pleased to announce the recipient of the fourth annual Emmanuel “Manny” Caulk Jr. Memorial Scholarship. Addison Magsig, a senior from Frederick Douglass High School, was selected for the honor. Ms. Magsig received the $2,500 scholarship based on her academic achievement, desire to become an educator and her story about how public education prepared her for life after high school.

The Emmanuel “Manny” Caulk Jr. Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of the Fayette County Public Schools superintendent after his death in December 2020. After his selection as the 2019 Kentucky Superintendent of the Year, Manny used his stipend to award a $2,500 scholarship to a Fayette County Public Schools graduate. He had pledged to continue to provide an annual scholarship out of his own pocket. Upon his death, with the blessing of his widow Christol Caulk, a memorial scholarship fund was started in his memory.

The scholarship is open only to future teachers or those who will major in education. In response to the teacher shortage and the Fayette County Public School district’s strategic priority of a Highly Effective and Culturally Responsive Workforce, this transition is aimed at increasing the number and diversity of educators.

“Manny believed in the dreams of others and spent his career opening access and opportunity so children could fulfill their unlimited potential. He was a true champion for education and excellence,” shared Christol Caulk.

Ms. Magsig will attend the University of Kentucky in the fall and plans to major in Secondary Social Studies education. She is a member of school’s chapter of Educators Rising. Educators Rising is a community-based movement from PDK International, in which school chapters feed teacher preparation programs at institutes of higher education with the support of State Departments of Education and local funders and foundations. These entities come together toprovide a clear pathway to increase teacher diversity and teacher quality. About her time in Educators Rising, Magsig said “I was able to learn more about the teaching profession and even have opportunities to practice teaching so I can have a feel for what I will be doing in the future and during my time as a student teacher in college.”

Anyone who wishes to donate to the Emmanuel “Manny” Caulk Jr. Memorial Scholarship can do so online at or by mailing donations to: The Fayette Education Foundation, P.O. Box 910951, Lexington, KY 40591-0951.