1) Enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree program in the College of Liberal Arts 2) Sophomore, junior or senior majoring in Music Education 3) Possess strong keyboard skills 4) Maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA at time of application 5) Demonstrate a desire to work with young children
Wynona Rose Wentworth Viney, known as “Noni” to friends and family, evinced unusual intellectual and musical skills at an early age. She was named to the National Honor Society in her junior year in high school and at 16 was on the payroll as the pianist for a very large church in Wichita, Kansas. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1960 with a degree in music education. Her piano teacher at Oklahoma, Celia Mae Bryant, wanted Noni to major in piano performance, but Noni’s major interest was in sharing her music with young children. Following graduation, she was head of the music program at an elementary school in Midwest City, Oklahoma.
In 1996, Noni moved with her husband, Dr. Wayne Viney, to Fort Collins. She quickly became involved in the Poudre School District in the Head Start preschool program. Her classrooms always included a piano and she put it to very creative use as a vehicle to enhance learning and listening skills. Further, her students always came away with increased appreciation for music. Noni worked in the Head Start preschool program for 29 years and retired in 1998. She was a joyous human being who brought music into the lives of her students, family, and friends. She passed away December 5, 2009. The Wynona Rose Viney Scholarship for Music Education is created to perpetuate the musical values she lived and shared.
The scholarship is established by Dr. Wayne Viney, a faculty member from 1966 to 2007. Dr. Viney served as head of the Department of Psychology from 1967 to 1973 and as Associate Dean of Natural Sciences and Director of The Biology Core Curriculum from 1973 to 1976. In 1976 he returned to professorial duties, serving in that capacity until his retirement in 2007.