SUPERIOR STORIES
No Longer Singing
THE BLUES

After 30 years as a chef, Scott Holmes found a new career path and a new purpose for his love of Blues music.

Student Government President

Scott found all that and much more at UW-Superior. He dove right in and got involved with the Student Government Association and was elected president this year by the student body. He also works in the Veteran and Nontraditional Student Center (VNSC) where he helps organize events and activities and serves as a resource for students with similar backgrounds.

“Scott is such an inspiration to nontraditional students who come to the VNSC because they can relate to him,” said Monte Stewart, Student Services Coordinator. “They see that he has had similar challenges and is being successful in higher education after a significant time away. Scott is creating a whole new career for himself and he is a shining example for others.”

This summer, Scott decided to take his studies to whole new level through a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, which provided a stipend and resources for him to conduct original research on the influence of Blues music on modern-day English language.


The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to spend the summer working on a research project or creative activity. Students submit proposals and successful applicants receive a stipend to support them while completing the project over a ten-week period in the summer.

As a nontraditional student, Scott Holmes is taking advantage of every opportunity at UW-Superior. He serves as Student Government Association president, participates in Mock Trial, and works at the Veteran and Nontraditional Student Center. He was even selected to speak to all faculty and staff during Opening Week last fall.
  I have always loved the Blues and I actually host my own Blues radio show, so it was the perfect research topic for me

Researching the Blues

“I have always loved the Blues and I actually host my own Blues radio show, so it was the perfect research topic for me,” said Scott. “I asked one of my professors, Dr. Jamie White-Farnham, to be my research mentor. She was an invaluable resource, helping me focus my topic and fine tune my strategy.”

Scott travelled to Mississippi last summer to research at the Blues Archive at the University of Mississippi, the Civil Rights Museum, and the Blues Hall of Fame. “It was all powerful stuff,” he said.

“When students conduct research projects at UW-Superior, it’s largely student driven,” said White-Farnham. “So it’s their ideas, their curiosities, and things they’re passionate about that become the focus of their projects. At larger research universities, someone else’s idea is usually driving that research. That’s what I’ve appreciated about mentoring students like Scott in their research here at UW-Superior.

Scott travelled to Mississippi last summer to research

Civil Rights Museum

Civil Rights Museum

Blues Hall of Fame

Blues Hall of Fame

Blues Archive at the University of Mississippi

Blues Archive at the University of Mississippi