Although Jenelle Chagnon no longer lives in the Chautauqua region, she is continuing to make a positive impact on her community.
A Bemus Point native and Maple Grove Jr. /Sr. High School graduate, Jenelle earned her Bachelor of Science in civil engineering degree from Syracuse University in 2007.
“Throughout high school, I really enjoyed technology and math classes and I realized I wanted my career to be something related to those areas,” Chagnon said. “I had a lot of support from some amazing teachers during high school and my family supported me in choosing the male dominated field of engineering.”
In addition to support from her teachers, Chagnon expressed appreciation for the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation’s scholarship program, which helped pay for her education.
“The Community Foundation is a great resource for current students to look into for assistance in helping to achieve their goals and helping to fund their education,” she said.
Upon graduating from Syracuse University, Jenelle accepted a civil engineering job with O’Brien & Gere in Syracuse. In 2012, she was promoted to Project Engineer.
“(In my time at O’Brien & Gere) I have done a lot of projects that work to clean up local areas and its amazing to see a wetland that is now filled with plants and animals,” she said.
One of the most recent projects Jenelle has been working on is the Integrated Sewage Management Plan for Chautauqua Lake, which prioritizes the steps necessary to improve the lake water. The goal of the plan is to reduce the harmful discharge into the lake by improving the sewer districts.
“Chautauqua County is still an area that feels like home to me. Currently living and working in Syracuse, I’ve been lucky enough to combine two of my passions, civil engineering and Chautauqua County,” she said.
This feature is part of a series focusing on residents who have received scholarships from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and have moved back to or remained in, the area to live and work. If you, or someone you know, received a scholarship from the Community Foundation and would like to be featured, contact Sarah Shelters at 661-3390 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Community Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2016-17 school year. To qualify, students must have graduated from a Chautauqua County high school. Scholarships are offered to undergraduate and graduate students studying a variety of subjects and vocations at two-year or four-year colleges or universities.