University of Minnesota Crookston international students Madeleine Schneider and Tseten Gurung have each been named recipients of the 2023 Mestenhauser Award. Schneider is from Gärtringen, Germany and Gurung is from Mustang, Nepal. As an award applicant, both students were required to create a digital story that highlights their role in internationalizing the campus which will be played at a virtual award ceremony in late April. 

“I am so honored and thankful that I was selected as a Mestenhauser Award recipient,” Schneider says. “I am excited to further be part of events to internationalize our campus and share multicultural perspectives, for instance, the International Dinner this past Monday.”

“I am extremely grateful to be recognized as a Mestenhauser Award recipient,” Gurung stated. “I will continue to contribute further to campus internationalization, promote inclusivity, and build a strong community for students from around the world. I am thankful to the International Programs department for supporting and creating opportunities for International students.” 

Schneider and Gurung demonstrate a strong commitment to international education and broadening international understanding at UMN Crookston. Both students are also involved in many programs and activities that contribute to University of Minnesota’s mission of fostering global competence and developing global citizens.