Dr. Nyabilondi ("Nya") Huguette Ebama '01 never gave up on her dreams of being a doctor despite facing significant challenges as an immigrant.
Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Dr. Ebama and her family lived a global life, relocating from one continent to another as her father's work as a diplomat required it. Dr. Ebama and her family would eventually settle in the United States and gained political asylum in 2000 due to dire circumstances in her home country. This status facilitated their residency in the country with limitations.
Dr. Ebama's own health became a challenge for her and her family; exposed to recurrent doctor visits from a young age, her medical journey inspired her to pursue a career helping others.
As a senior in high school with a family facing financial limitations, Dr. Ebama was determined to find any scholarships that would allow her to pursue her passion for medicine. Seton Hall provided her the necessary support to achieve her dreams.
Throughout her time at The Hall, Dr. Ebama worked continuously to become her best self with the help of her professors and organization leaders. With her strong foundation in place, she went on to graduate from medical school at Penn State University, and later completed her residency in internal medicine and fellowship in infectious diseases at New York-Presbyterian Queens.
Today, Dr. Ebama resides in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina where she wears different hats as a doctor, professor, a partner with Lowcountry Infectious Diseases and a medical director at Careteam Plus. She dedicates most of her time to research and developing advancements for medical areas such as HIV, viral hepatitis, MRSA, antibiotic stewardship, reducing hospital admissions and addiction medicine.
Dr. Ebama believes that ambitions are always achievable for those willing to put in the work. She shares a simple message to inspire other members of the Pirate community, "Be bold, determined, grateful and never let your financial situation determine your future." Dr. Ebama is thankful for her lessons learned at Seton Hall and the support she received. She has since given back to the University through the establishment of the Nya Huguette Ebama Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Plus Program Scholarship that serves those within the program with excellent academic progress.
Dr. Ebama is utilizing the ethical and educational development she received at Seton Hall to make a positive global impact. Like Dr. Ebama, many Pirates are only able to achieve their personal and professional dreams because of the financial support they receive through University scholarships. Help current and future Pirates demonstrate what great minds can do at Seton Hall by making a gift today.