President Nelsen praises Anthony Sadler for helping stop armed gunman on French Train


President Robert Nelsen speaks to a reporter at his first press conference with Sacramento State on July 1, 2015. Nelson said tuesday that a scholarship fund is being set up by the university for Anthony Sadler’s tuition. 

Christine Kittle

Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen spoke Tuesday about setting up a website where people can contribute to a scholarship fund for Anthony Sadler, a Sac State senior who helped to stop an armed gunman from shooting train passengers in France last Friday.


“What we’re concentrating on right now is raising funds for a scholarship for [Sadler]; he’s a college student and most students have loans, so we’d like to do something to help him with his last year of college,” Nelsen said. “A lot of people have emailed me asking about raising money for him.”


Nelson also said he would like to celebrate Sadler’s heroics when the student returns to Sac State.

“We’re going to do something, if he wants it,” Nelsen said. “It’s really important to ask him what he wants. He has been through so much. He might want a little space; he might want something high key; he might want something low key.”

Nelsen also said Sadler epitomizes the Sac State mission statement and that he is an example that all can follow.

“As the California capitol university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, success and service. And he epitomizes this. Think of the leadership he showed,” Nelsen said. “He saved so many lives. We can use him as an example for ourselves. He certainly is teaching me a lot. Teaching me what it means to be an American, teaching me what it means to be human.”

Sadler was one of three men from Sacramento who was awarded the Legion d’honneur by French President Francois Hollande, the country’s highest honor.

Sadler arrived in America Tuesday afternoon, but no information has been released on when he will return to California, or Sac State.


A scholarship fund has now been set up through Sac State and can now be accessed on the Sac State website at ( . The scholarship page is named the Anthony Sadler Community Scholarship and donations can be given by credit card or mailed by check.

updated 5:36pm to reflect the Anthony Sadler Community Scholarship is now up and running