Giving back to the communities in which we live and work By Kyle Danielson January 25, 2022

Nelnet’s Ed Mejia Designs Winning City of Lincoln Flag

Nelnet has always been dedicated to giving back to our communities. We want to see our neighbors and fellow humans thrive, so when a competition arose for designing a new flag for the City of Lincoln, artists at Nelnet jumped at the opportunity.

The American Marketing Association – Lincoln Chapter and Lincoln Young Professionals Group announced the final results of ReFlag Lincoln, a contest to redesign the City of Lincoln flag.

The winning flag, “All Roads Lead to Lincoln,” was created by Nelnet’s own creative director, Ed Mejia. His design was selected by a committee with over 190 submissions from the public. Many other Nelnet submissions also made it into the final selection process.

“I began the process of designing a submission for Lincoln’s next city flag by reflecting on the emotions I felt when I drove into town the first time”, Ed said. “Lincoln rises up out of the horizon, beaming with a sense of hope and optimism that is shared by both lifelong residents and recent refugees.”

The teal, navy, and gold flag includes art-deco style design, inspired by architecture and Native artwork displayed inside the Nebraska State Capitol. The intersecting lines capture the interconnection of technology, agriculture, and commerce that have drawn people to Lincoln. The beacon in the center symbolizes hope and optimism, as well as Lincoln’s reputation as a safe harbor for those seeking to make our community their home.

Keep an eye out for the new flag design around Lincoln, and congratulations, Ed Mejia, for providing excellent design work and making your mark on the City of Lincoln!




Kyle Danielson

Associate Creative Writer

Kyle Danielson is an associate creative writer for Nelnet. He works on a number of different writing projects for Nelnet's vast array of businesses. Kyle's favorite part of his job is that he can (sometimes) incorporate horrendous puns into his writing. In his free time, Kyle likes to inhale ramen and hide from the sun playing video games.