The Alexander Hamilton Institute is pleased to announce the award of the first annual William Vick AHI Internship to Mark Garcia, a member of the Hamilton chapter of the Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity.  Mark, a 2010 graduate of Hamilton College will be attending Vanderbilt Law School in the fall.

The William Vick AHI internship honors William “Bill” Vick, a 1964 graduate of Hamilton College.  Bill placed a high value on the sacred Constitutional right of private association and on his membership in the Hamilton chapter of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity.  In adulthood, he tenaciously fought to preserve the the rights of private societies in the face of opposition from hostile forces on campus.  Jon Vick, Bill’s son and the President Emeritus of  Alpha Delta Phi, has committed funds to support the internship on an annual basis.

The internship will be awarded annually to a member of the Hamilton chapter of Alpha Delta Phi. Candidates will be judged by the standard of character and accomplishment exemplified by Bill Vick. Each intern will receive a $2000 summer stipend and be housed free of charge in the AHI’s headquarters.  He will participate in AHI functions and help AHI fellows in an administrative capacity.

Anthony Mark Garcia, the inaugural winner, arrived at Hamilton College after graduating from the Pingry School in Martinsville, NJ.  At Pingry, he participated in a variety of extracurricular and athletic activities, earning 10 varsity letters in 4 different sports.  He continued his athletic career as a member of the Hamilton Men’s soccer program.  He was also a dedicated member of the fraternity Alpha Delta Phi.  Under the guidance of AHI co-founder James Bradfield, Mark majored in economics and earned a minor in Hispanic Studies.  He graduated receiving honors from the economics department after undertaking in his senior thesis an empirical research study of the efficiency in prediction markets.  Mark was inducted into the national honor societies for both economics and foreign languages.

During the school year, Mark worked as both a teaching assistant to Professor Bradfield and as a peer tutor in the economics department.  In upholding the literary traditions of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity, Mark became heavily involved in the work of the Alexander Hamilton Institute, where he became one of members of the first class of undergraduate fellows.   “Mark Garcia,” observed Professor Bradfield, has an impressive bundle of gifts.  He is intelligent, gentlemanly, reliable, and industrious.”  The AHI family could not be more proud of his achievements and thankful for his service to our enterprise.

Good luck at Vanderbilt Mark, and many thanks.