19 Scholars Willing To Risk It All For Education

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7. Barry Berkman - Barry

Barry Berkman - Barry
Barry Berkman knew his life as a hitman was empty. Salvation came from a least likely source -- acting class. Now that Barry has a purpose again, he'll kill to keep it.

8. Katara - Avatar: The Last Airbender

Katara - Avatar: The Last Airbender
If she was going to honor her mother's sacrifice, bring back a vital part of the Southern Water Tribe's culture and help the Avatar save the world, Katara needed to master waterbending. Nothing would stop her: not pirates, not sexism, and not even the Fire Nation Armada.

9. New Directions - Glee

New Directions - Glee
The bullying, the interpersonal drama, Coach Sue Sylvester's dastardly schemes -- New Directions kept on singing throughout it all. Their commitment paid off because each of them made their dreams come true. They also -- in an era where schools are constantly cutting arts programs -- ensured that future students would get a chance to sing for generations to come.

10. Frasier and Niles Crane - Frasier

Frasier and Niles Crane - Frasier
The Crane brothers were often insufferable snobs, but their love for education was endearing. When they heard their high school was closing down, the brothers did what they did best -- come up with a plan that will inevitably backfire. It all worked out though -- for the school at least.

11. Alex Dunphy - Modern Family

Alex Dunphy - Modern Family
Alex Dunphy defines herself as the smart one. As she showed her poor, defenseless, birthday cake, she will push herself to the brink of insanity before letting her academic career slip. When she got older she got better about having a life outside her textbooks -- though she's never going to give up being the brainy one in the Dunphy-Pritchett clan.

12. Nog - Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Nog - Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Nog refused to accept his fate of becoming yet another joke Ferengi character. In one of DS9's most gut-wrenching moments, he told then Cmdr. Sisko that he did not want to wind up with nothing like his father. Instead, he wanted to do something worthwhile with his life and join Starfleet even if that meant going against Ferengi traditions and his Uncle Quark.

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